KAPA’A, Hawaii - A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team determined that a suspicious, half-buried item found at Kealia Beach on Kauai this week was not unexploded ordnance.

"We are glad to support the community and are pleased to know that the object was nothing more than a metal buoy," said Pacific Missile Range Facility Executive Officer Commander Daniel Kimberly.  "One of our top concerns in these types of situations is public safety and protection of the environment. The Navy EOD team and PMRF Sailors responded swiftly and worked closely with DLNR and KPD to ensure quick and safe removal."

The old, metal buoy is about 3-feet in diameter.

Kauai police responded to the scene on Monday.  A man reported seeing the item on the shoreline fronting Kealia Bridge at approximately 12:30 p.m.

If anyone should find an object believed to be an ordnance item they should not touch or try to move it, and should call 911.  They should remain in the vicinity, a safe distance from the object, to assist arriving authorities in locating the item.