Maui Police say an unexploded bomb likely left over from World War II was found in a sugar cane field off Mokulele Highway last week. The aerial bomb was discovered by an employee of the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. just east of the old Pu'unene School during a weed control operation. The area, which was at one time the Maui Airport, also hosted a military base during World War II.
Police were called and photographed the rusted cylindrical ordnance, which was about 2 feet long by 4 to 6 inches wide. The photographs were immediately sent to the U.S. Army's Explosive Ordnance Division. Army officials determined it posed no immediate danger. But because the ordnance was deemed "unstable" and too dangerous to move to the Ukumehame Firing Range, a trench was dug and the bomb was detonated on location. No injuries were reported.