Shortly before noon, today (11:45 a.m. to be precise), Maui Police detectives say a 26 year-old Pukalani man apparently decided to take a hand grenade and 12-inch mortar round in his vehicle and drive it to the Wailuku Police Station for disposal.
Along the way, he felt that it was unsafe to continue driving with the potentially volatile explosives in his vehicle and parked within the Maui Mall where he called for police assistance. Wailuku Patrol Officers arrived on scene and located the vehicle parked in a stall near Kamehameha Avenue. Officers closed the road along Kamehameha Avenue between Alamaha Street and Ho’ohana Street.
Officers also secured a 600-foot perimeter which included the closing of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Licensing, a portion of the Maui Mall parking lot, and part of the Safeway parking lot. The U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) was notified and responded at approximately 6:45 p.m. for proper disposal. As of 11 p.m. tonight, the situation remains “active,” and the are no updates to the traffic situation.
County Communications Director Rod Antone stated, “Remember should you encounter any suspected unexploded ordinance do not attempt to remove or transport the item and contact the Maui Police Department for assistance.”