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Maui man finds explosives in dad's belongings

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[Update 8:30 p.m.]

The Maui Police Department has given the all clear at the Maui Mall after members of a military Explosive Ordnance Disposal team safely removed a hand grenade and a 12-inch mortar round from inside a vehicle at the mall's parking lot.

MPD said a 26-year-old Pukalani man wanted to dispose of the explosive devices by driving them down to the Wailuku police station. Along the way, he ended up calling police for help after feeling unsafe with the devices in his car. 

Police have reopened Kamehameha Avenue between Alamaha and Hoohana Streets.


[Original story]

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) - Maui officials say a man cleaning out belongings of his recently deceased father found a grenade and mortar round, prompting the evacuation of a nearby county office as a precaution.

Maui County spokesman Rod Antone says the man called police Tuesday to report what he found and say he was on his way to bring the items to authorities. Antone says a dispatcher told the man to stop and stay with the explosives while officers were sent to him.

Antone says the man happened to be near the Maui Mall, prompting county officials to evacuate the Maui County Service Center.

Mall spokeswoman Autumn Wigley says the rest of the mall remained open during the incident.

Antone says an Army unit will detonate and transport the items.

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