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Bomb-like object removed; Hapuna park to reopen Saturday

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:58 p.m. HST, Jun 14, 2013

Army ordnance disposal experts removed a bomb-like object Friday night that prompted the closure of part of Hapuna Beach State Park in West Hawaii.

A diver found the object in waters offshore from the park Friday morning and took it to the park concession area, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said. It was long and cylindrical, and had a tail assembly with about 12 fins. It appeared old, and was encrusted with corrosion or marine growths.

The Hawaii County Fire and Police departments were notified and DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officials contacted an Army unexploded ordnance unit at Schofield Barracks.

Police and state conservation officers evacuated the area and set up a safety perimeter established around the concession area, where the object was.

The Waialea section of the park remained open.

DLNR spokeswoman Deborah Ward said the object was taken to the Pohakuloa Training Area for disposal. The park was to reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday

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