WWII-era unexploded ordnance unearthed in Liliha - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

WWII-era unexploded ordnance unearthed in Liliha

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Construction crews working at a Liliha property made a jarring discovery Thursday morning: A live World War II-era unexploded ordnance that had been buried underground for decades.

The ordnance was determined to be an anti-aircraft 5-inch round, and military officials said it was likely shot during the attack on Pearl Harbor nearly 75 years ago.

Police and military bomb squads responded to 814 Iholena Pl. about 11 a.m., after crews found the 16-inch-long ordnance as they were leveling the lot. The ordnance was buried about two feet underground and until recently, there was a home over the location. 

Staff Sgt. Jared Carrington said the former house on the property went up in about 1950, and the ordnance has likely been there since its construction.

"It was found in the yard (as they) were trying to level the lot," he said. "Due to the condition of the road, the fusing being damaged, it most likely would not have caused any damage."

Still, that didn't mean there weren't a few tense hours at the property, as authorities tried to determine whether the ordnance could be safely transported.

Steven Wong, a general contractor for Island Home Designs, said his crews were excavating when they discovered the ordnance.

"We didn't know if it was live and it's old so we called the cops and let them tell us what to do," he said.

Once the ordnance was secured, it was carted off to Schofield Barracks for disposal.

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