A 57-year-old man was peacefully taken into custody Thursday after a 6-hour standoff with police in North Kona.
Police evacuated homes in the area for the public’s safety after the man allegedly threatened to blow up the Ahulani Street home he was in.
When officers went to the home to make contact with the man about 9 a.m., he refused to come out and told officers that he would blow up the home if they came any closer, police said.
Officers saw the man with a small propane tank and a five-gallon gas can that was filled with an unknown liquid, police said.
The man also allegedly appeared to be carrying a propane torch with a flint striker, and officers reported smelling propane in the area, police said.
The department’s Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiations Team responded to the incident.
Police closed Ahulani between Hookumu and Kiekie streets during the standoff, which ended at about 3 p.m.