WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police officials gave residents of a neighborhood in Wailuku permission to return their homes Wednesday night after clearing a suspicious item, believed to have possibly been a homemade explosive device, that was found inside an area home.
Sources tell Hawaii News Now that a resident of the home at 2275 Mokuhau Road found what looked like pieces of wire and pipes in her son's room and notified Maui Police, who responded at just after 1:00 p.m. and began assessing the situation.
The woman reportedly told police that her son has mental health issues.
At about 2:36 p.m., police, along with the assistance of other emergency personnel, began evacuating the surrounding residences as a precaution.
The Wailuku Gym on Market Street was designated as an evacuation center for those residents that had been displaced, and Civil Defense officials said approximately 25 people spent time at the shelter during the situation.
A U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Honolulu arrived on Maui and headed to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. The team examined the device and determined it was not explosive, officially classifying it as a "hoax improvised explosive device."
The temporary evacuation center was contacted, and residents were allowed to return to their homes at approximately 9:00 p.m.
Police arrested the boy but refrained from releasing any further details in case he is a minor.