A 16-year-old boy was arrested for terroristic threatening on Wednesday after experts determined that a suspicious device was not a homemade explosive, according to Maui police.
At 12:50 p.m., a Wailuku woman reported finding a possible explosive device within the bedroom of her son, who is currently in foster care.
She was packing clothes for him when she discovered a black and silver box, measuring about 6-inches-long, 6-inches-wide and 2-inches-deep, within his closet. It had a piece of blue duct tape labeled "Boom Box" on the lid.
Upon opening the box, she observed electronics, wiring and other objects which she believed to be a homemade explosive device. The woman then notified the police.
The device was photographed and sent to officials with the U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Detail in Honolulu. They determined that the device was suspicious and would respond to Maui.
At 1:36 p.m., police and rescue personnel started evacuating homes in a 300-foot radius. About 21 homes were evacuated involving about 36 residents. The police also closed off part of Mokuhau Road.
The Maui Civil Defense was contacted and informed of the evacuation and notified the American Red Cross. Wailuku Gym on Market Street was designated as an evacuation center for those residents that were displaced. The American Red Cross began staffing the evacuation center at around 3:30 p.m. Mokuhau Park was designated as a pick up point for those residents that need transportation to the evacuation center.
When the device was determined to be a hoax containing no explosive material, residents were allowed to return home shortly after 7:45 p.m. The device contained two D batteries with wiring and electronics and was recovered as evidence.
The 16-year-old boy was later released to his foster family.