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Bomb squad destroys mortar round found off Kihei, Maui

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A bomb squad from Oahu on Sunday safely blew up an 81-mm mortar illumination round discovered by a diver off Kihei, Maui.

Maui police met with the explosive ordnance demolition team at 8:15 a.m. to coordinate the safe removal of the round, formally known as an M301A3.

The team took it to the Ukumehame Firing Range for detonation, police said.

The diver found the round just after 2 p.m. Saturday in the ocean off North Kihei Road at mile marker 2.

He brought it out of the water, placed it on the shoreline and called police, who cordoned off a 100-foot perimeter and closed the beach. The beach reopened at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

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