Police give all clear at state hospital after suspicious devices found

Police give all clear at state hospital after suspicious devices found

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There were some tense moments at the Hawaii State Hospital on Thursday, when a staff member discovered what looked like three pipe bombs in a building that borders Windward Community College.

After several hours, authorities determined there was no explosive material in the devices.

The Department of Health said a staff member found the three suspicious-looking devices among the belongings of one of its patients.

It happened in a facility where people who are discharged from the hospital can live before returning into the community.

The scare happened started 7:30 a.m. Officials evacuated several buildings along Ala Koolau Street after the devices were discovered, and police moved in.

Robert Pacheco was still in bed when staff told him and his housemates they had to go.

"They just told us to exit out the house. The cops were there and I was like, 'Oh wow something might be wrong,'" said Pacheco.

Lopaka Cordeiro added, "The told us we got to go to the gym because there's a bomb."

The building borders the back of Windward Community College. Classes there were not affected.

Bystanders had to remain at a distance while members of the bomb squad worked to figure out if the devices were dangerous.

Just before noon, the hospital gave the all clear.

The Department of Health says it knows who the devices belong to. There's no immediate work on whether that person will face charges.

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