- Associated Press - Monday, March 20, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) - Hundreds of Honolulu residents were evacuated for hours on Sunday after a family found a cache of old grenades and pipe bombs in a deceased relative’s closet, police said.

Officers were sent to a report of someone wanting to turn in his brother’s firearm and ammunition around noon, police told The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (https://bit.ly/2nDa4Dl ). When they arrived at the address, they were shown the grenades and pipe bombs and began clearing the six-story condo building.

Police also evacuated a building across the street and told other nearby residents to stay inside.

The evacuation order was lifted at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, reported Hawaii News Now (https://bit.ly/2nDeiLc ).

Police asked city buses to take displaced residents to a gym where the Red Cross set up a temporary shelter with water and cots for seniors. A Red Cross representative told the Star-Advertiser that 27 people showed up to the shelter.

Maureen Otsuka and her husband went to the shelter after hours of waiting outside in the afternoon heat. Otsuka said she and her husband both use walkers and called the experience “a little unsettling, but what a way to meet the neighbors.”

One of the building’s residents, a young mother, didn’t learn about the evacuation until hours after it was ordered. Jocelyn Amoguis said someone had banged on her door but she had been distracted by cooking and her 2-year-old son.

She only learned of the evacuation when her husband called from his work at about 3 p.m., and she rushed outside with a small bottle of water and her son in her arms.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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