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Torpedo ruled out as Kahe item

  • COURTESY U.S. NAVY
    A Navy explosive ordnance disposal unit confirmed that an object, shown above, found near Hawaiian Electric Co.’s Kahe power plant, at left, was not a torpedo and appeared to be inert.
  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
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Navy divers said yesterday that a mysterious object caught in the ocean intake pipe of Hawaiian Electric Co.’s Kahe power plant is not a torpedo.

The Navy said the object, which has or had a propeller, "appears to be inert."

A team from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 recovered the heavily corroded object, about 3 feet long, at about 4 p.m. yesterday and was taking it back to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for analysis, the Navy said.

Divers contracted by Hawaiian Electric Co. spotted the object in three feet of water just a step from shore while cleaning an intake valve at the Kahe Plant near Electric Beach at 9:45 a.m. yesterday.

"My people went down there and took a look at it," said Sgt. Thomas Carreiro, the Honolulu Police Department’s bomb squad and SWAT team leader. "It’s not something we’re too concerned about."

The device could be a sonar buoy, Carreiro said.

It is covered with coral and barnacles and "probably bounced around a lot on the ocean floor," Carreiro said. "That’s why we’re not too concerned that it’s explosive — because it did bounce around a lot before it came in."

Nevertheless, police secured the area and established a safety perimeter until the Navy could respond.

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