Police continue to investigate fake grenade incident


The Hawaii Police Department is continuing its investigation of a inert explosive deveice used for military and police training found in a Waimea grocery store. Police initiated a terroristic threatening case.

South Kohala patrol officers responded around 8:18 a.m. Saturday to the Foodland Waimea Store to a report of a grenade in the produce section of the store. The store was subsequently closed and evacuated for safety reasons, police said.

With the assistance of federal Transportation Security Administration officials, the grenadewas determined was to be an inert training device was shipped with produce from Seattle and did not pose an immediate threat to the safety of the public. TSA officials assisted with the removal and disposal of the device.

The TSA will conduct an independent investigation surrounding the circumstances behind shipping of the training device. The store was reopened at 11:40 a.m, police said.