A suspicious device resembling a pipe bomb found on a car in South Kohala was not explosive, Hawaii County police said today.
The owner of a tow company saw the device attached to the front of a car at about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.
After reviewing photos of the device, an Army bomb disposal team flew to Hawaii island with FBI and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents.
Police evacuated about 12 homes in the Nai Waimea subdivision, while explosives experts worked to identify and disassemble the device.
Once the device was removed Tuesday night, it was determined that the contents were not explosive, police said.
Police apologized for the inconvenience caused by the evacuation. But, in a news release, police said “given the circumstances, it was the prudent thing to do.”
Anyone with information about the vehicle or the device is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.