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Army stops grass cutting, training at Makua during probe

HONOLULU (AP) - The Army has stopped cutting grass and training soldiers in Oahu's Makua valley while it investigates what happened when unexploded ordnance apparently detonated and injured two men while they were cutting grass there earlier this week.

Spokeswoman Stefanie Gardin told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the Army will decide whether the accident affects future training after it receives the results of the investigation.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii is working with the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center to examine what happened.

One groundskeeper has been released but another remained hospitalized.

Gardin says the accident occurred in a place that's accessible to soldiers.

The Army conducts maneuver, combat service support, aviation and drone training in Makua. It has been prohibited from conducting live-fire training there since 2004 as part of an ongoing environmental lawsuit.

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