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Kaimuki neighborhood evacuated after resident finds possible pipe bomb
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By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

KAIMUKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police have opened a criminal investigation after a possible pipe bomb was found at a residence in a quiet Kaimuki neighborhood.

Stan Kim lives on the upper floor of a home at 714 7th Avenue, and discovered the device at about 10 a.m. Sunday. "I went downstairs to use the bathroom and I walk in the driveway and I see a tattered bag and the pipe bomb."

Kim took a quick look, and what he saw was enough to alert other residents and his neighbors. "I didn't look really that close," he said. "I just got out of there and informed the neighbors to get out, all the roommates that live downstairs, and that's it, man."

Police were called, and shortly afterward, yellow tape went up on 7th Avenue.

"We evacuated the surrounding homes and warned the people to stay indoors," said Honolulu Police Lt. Gerrit Kurihara. "We cordoned off the area, stopped traffic and the home was evacuated."

Police said a total of eight homes were evacuated as a precaution. Others in the neighborhood stayed in their homes while the police bomb squad did its work.

Wadsley Abihai returned from his job as a limo driver and was among residents interviewed by police in an effort to determine who may have put the device there. Abihai said it is a quiet neighborhood, and could only think of some previous tenants who had been evicted.

"I don't think anybody has any enemies," said Abihai. "I think the landlord got rid of the so-called troublemakers."

The bomb squad used a remote controlled robot to examine and remove the device, which was then taken to an undisclosed location for disposal. "The device had a triggering mechanism, what appeared to be a triggering mechanism," said Kurihara. "But it was inactive,and our bomb squad was able to retrieve it."

Police aren't saying yet if it was, indeed, a pipe bomb. But for Stan Kim, that's what it was.

"I just thought it was a pipe bomb, period," he said. "A pipe bomb, a cylinder with caps on top with a cigarette embedded between the matches. That was enough for me."

Copyright 2012 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

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