Police, FBI Seek Information on Hilo Explosions 01/19/00

PHONE: 961-2382
DECEMBER 19, 2000


Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in solving three recent pipe bomb explosions.

In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in one of the explosions, this one occurring shortly after midnight on January 7, 2000, causing minor damage to the Social Security Administration office at 1778 Kinoole Street.

The first explosion occurred shortly before 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 1999, causing an undetermined amount of damage to a vehicle parked on Hoku Street. The third occurred shortly before 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, January 11, 2000, in the parking lot of Ken’s Pancake House, causing no damage.

Police have not yet determined whether the explosions are related.

Anyone with information about any of the explosions is asked to call the police at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. The numbers are answered 24 hours a day. Callers will be given a coded number and their identity will remain anonymous. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their call leads to an arrest, indictment or the recovery of property. Crime Stoppers neither subscribes to “Caller ID,” nor does it record phone calls.

Anyone having information specifically about the explosion at the Social Security Administration office may also call the FBI in Kona at 329-5106.

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