Mystery drum washes up on Makapuu beach

MAKAPUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Coast Guard investigators and a state hazardous materials crew responded to a report of a 55-gallon mystery drum on Makapuu Beach, Wednesday.

The drum had no markings and was full of an unknown material.

The Fire Department removed the drum from the water onto the beach, where it was marked with caution tape.

Contractors successfully removed the drum from the beach after determining that it was full of marine diesel fuel.  No responsible party has been identified at this time. There were no signs of pollution to the surrounding area.

"This successful mystery drum recovery highlights our effective partnerships with the State of Hawaii and Honolulu County emergency responders," said Lt. Kevin Cooper, assistant division chief of the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Incident Management Division. "At the end of the day, 55 gallons of diesel fuel was prevented from spilling onto Hawaiian lands or into Hawaiian waters."

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