Kaimuki Residents Evacuated Following Discovery Of Suspicious Device

Published On: Mar 11 2012 03:23:49 AM HST   Updated On: Mar 12 2012 05:25:21 AM HST

Honolulu police evacuated 714 7th Avenue and surrounding homes after a suspicious device is discovered at a Kaimuki residence.

Kaimuki resident Stan Kim says around 10 a.m. Sunday, he noticed a McDonald's bag in his driveway. Kim said what he found inside, scared him.

"I just saw the pipe with matches with a cigarette wedged in between, unlit and that was it time to get out of here," said Kim.

Kim said he told his roommates to get out of the house.

Limo driver Wadsley Abihai also lives in the home, he was working when the device was discovered.

"I just want to get an hour or two of sleep. I want to get home," said Abihai.

HPD's Specialized Services Division sent in a remote controlled bomb disposal robot.

The robot safely retrieved the device and brought it back to the truck.

"The device had a triggering mechanism, what appeared to be a triggering mechanism but it was inactive," said Lt. Gerrit Kurihara.

"I got no enemies not to my knowledge. I couldn?t speculate what the situation was I don't know all I know is I saw a bomb," said Kim.

About three hours after the ordeal began, police re-opened the roads and residents returned home.

"Everything was done according to the practices and procedures. It never hurts to practice what we've been taught procedure wise and to instill ongoing live action into our training," said Lt. Kurihara.

Bomb squad technicians will take the device to an undisclosed location to investigate.

Police are not saying if the device was in fact an explosive.

There are no suspects at this time and no one was injured.


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