Discovery of unexploded ordnance forces closure of popular lava viewing area

The 13,681-foot volcano's newest eruption started Nov. 27.
Published: Dec. 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2022 at 4:15 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The discovery of unexploded ordnance triggered an hours-long closure Sunday of a Mauna Loa lava viewing area on Old Saddle Road.

Officials said the ordnance was found just before noon Sunday in lava rocks away from the road.

The ordnance was detonated and the area was subsequently reopened about 4 p.m.

The episode prompted a warning to spectators to remain on Old Saddle Road when viewing the lava and not wander into U.S. Army Pohakuloa Training Area property.

The viewing area was opened to alleviate congestion and safety concerns on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, and since then has attracted thousands of people hoping to get a good view of the eruption.

This is a developing story.