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Hole in door at Mauna Kea telescope not from bullet

Image: Subaru Telescope Image: Subaru Telescope
Image: Subaru Telescope Image: Subaru Telescope
Image: Subaru Telescope Image: Subaru Telescope
MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Two days after police were called to investigate a possible bullet hole in a door at the Subaru Telescope atop Mauna Kea, officials say they know what caused the damage.

It appears that a gust of wind forced the door to slam against an "intake manifold cover."

"A match between this hole and an intake manifold cover on the wall," said Nubuo Arimoto, director of the telescope. "Wrap around effect of the wind could be very severe at times, which can swing the heavy metal door to create this kind of dent on the door."

Police were notified of the possible shooting after workers discovered the hole Saturday evening.

Subaru Telescope, which was built in 1998, is the flagship telescope of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

Statement from the Director of the Subaru Telescope

In the evening of Saturday, June 6, 2015, a round hole was discovered on one of the side doors of the Subaru Telescope's building on Maunakea. The detailed inspection on June 7 at the start of the night shift and 8 in the morning found and confirmed a match between this hole and an intake manifold cover on the wall. The day crews knew the presence of the hole at the time of the severe winter storm earlier this year. The wrap around effect of the wind could be very severe at times, which can swing the heavy metal door to create this kind of dent on the door.

We at Subaru Telescope are relieved that this is the case and regret the confusion caused by earlier reports. The police have also been notified of the discovery.

Nobuo Arimoto, Director Subaru Telescope

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