02-10-16 Suspicious device found at charter school

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Kaʻū District
Lieutenant Dominic Uyetake Jr.
Phone: 939-2520
Report No. C16004193

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a suspicious device found Wednesday (February 10) at a charter school in Kaʻū.

At 10:15 a.m. police received a call reporting a “pipe bomb” found in the possession of a student at the Kaʻū Learning Academy on the 94-1500 block of Kalua Circle in Discovery Harbor. Responding officers learned that school officials had found the suspicious device in the backpack of a 9-year-old boy.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of possessing an explosive device and then released to a family member while police continue the investigation.

Police notified the FBI, the U.S. Army’s Explosive Ordinance Detail on Oahu, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Hawaiʻi County Fire Department.

The school was evacuated for the rest of the day.

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