Maui County police closed off the parking lot of the Maui County Service Center Tuesday afternoon due to suspected explosive devices in one of the vehicles.
The service center was evacuated.
Police say a 26-year-old Pukalani man decided to take a hand grenade and a 12-inch mortar round in his vehicle and drive it to the Wailuku Police Station for disposal. Along the way, he felt it was unsafe to continue driving with the ordnance in his vehicle and parked within the Maui Mall where he called police for assistance.
Officers located the vehicle in a stall near Kamehameha Avenue. Kamehameha Avenue was closed between Alamaha Street and Hoohana Street.
Police also secured a 600-foot perimeter, which included the closing of the Department of Motor Vehicle, a portion of the Maui Mall parking lot and part of the Safeway parking lot.
Maui police contacted the U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit to secure the suspected explosives. They responded at 6:45 p.m. for proper disposal.
Maui police reminds residents that should not attempt to remove or transport any suspected unexploded ordnance and contact police for assistance.
Police say the Maui County Service Center is expected to be back open Wednesday.
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