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Army destroys Navy pyrotechnic device found on Kauai beach

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:07 p.m. HST, Jun 14, 2011

Explosives disposal specialists from Schofield Barracks flew to Kauai this morning to destroy a military pyrotechnic device found on a beach near Anahola.

It was the second time in less than a month that the Army’s 706th explosive ordnance disposal team flew in from Schofield Barracks to destroy a military device found on Kauai’s shores.

In today’s incident, an area resident found a cylindrical object on Aliomanu Beach this morning and immediately notified authorities.

Kauai police secured the area and contacted the Army. An explosives specialist from the Transportation Security Administration was also there to inspect the device.

Members of the Army’s EOD team arrived on Kauai at 9:30 a.m., moved the object to a remote location in Kapaa and destroyed it at 11:20 a.m.

The device, an MK 58 Marine Marker, is about 21 inches long and weighs about 13 pounds. The Navy uses it in air and sea rescue operations as a target marker and surface wind indicator. The marker contains two pyrotechnic candles which can provide a continuous flame and white smoke for 40 to 60 minutes.

The Kauai Police Department reminds residents that if an object like this one is found, do not disturb it and alert police as soon as possible.

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