Update: Unexploded ordnance found on Maui beach

Published: Dec. 28, 2014 at 2:29 AM HST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:44 PM HST
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Courtesy: Kevin Olson
Courtesy: Kevin Olson

KIHEI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Update:

Around 8:15 a.m., the Maui Police Department and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team of Oahu met at Sugar Beach in North Kihei to coordinate the removal of the unexploded ordnance.

After assessment,  the ordnance was classified as an M301A3 81 millimeter mortar illumination round. After classification the round was taken to the Ukumehame Firing Range for safe detonation.

The mortar was detonated without incident and the beach was reopened around 9:30 a.m.


This afternoon at Sugar Beach on Maui a diver made a surprising discovery.

Swimming about 20 feet from shore the male party found what seemed to be an unexploded ordnance. He brought the object to shore put it on the sand, he then proceeded to call the police.

Maui police received the call shortly after 2 p.m. this afternoon. Upon arrival and inspection, authorities blocked off an area about 100 feet in all directions from the ordnance.

The scene was later turned over to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

DLNR has notified the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, who is scheduled to inspect and dispose of the object tomorrow.

Until the assessment, officers will monitor the restricted area whose barriers are 100 feet in all directions.

No time has been set for when the removal team will arrive.

Stay with Hawaii News Now as more information comes in.

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