Posts Tagged: UXO

Hawai’i island activists raise questions about Abercrombie’s ordnance “emergency proclamation” Questions raised over ordnance emergency According to the Hawaii Tribune Hereald: The decision to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean up unexploded ordnance without interference from those laws has environmental activists concerned because of the perceived potential for misuse. Abercrombie’s proclamation, which only came to light last week, was signed June… Read more »

Governor Abercrombie secretly declares a “civil defense emergency” and suspends 25 laws in order to find unexploded ordnance

Last week, environmental investigator Carroll Cox uncovered alarming revelations that in June, Governor Abercrombie had secretly issued a proclamation declaring a “civil defense emergency” due to the presence of unexploded munitions on hundreds of thousands of acres throughout Hawai’i and suspended 25 laws without notifying anyone, including lawmakers.  On his September 11, 2011 radio program… Read more »

Army finishes ordnance clearing off Waianae coast

The AP reports that the army completed a demonstration project to remove underwater unexploded ordnance from “ordnance reef” off the Wai’anae coast using unmanned underwater vehicles: The Army said Friday it recovered 74 pieces of decades-old exploded ordnance from the ocean floor off Oahu’s Waianae coast during a three-week effort to clear out most of… Read more »

Army recovers 32 underwater munitions from “ordnance reef”

The AP reports: The Army has recovered 32 munitions from the ocean floor off the Waianae Coast this month during a project to clear away most of the weapons the military dumped there decades ago. Of these 12 were treated to remove and destroy the explosive contents.  But the not all munitions found are being… Read more »

Army to test underwater robots for removal of unexploded ordnance off Waiʻanae

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that Army demonstrated a remote-controlled underwater robot it will test for possible use to remove unexploded munitions off the Waiʻanae coast at a location known as “ordnance reef”. The Army said it will begin a 21-day trial run Monday of a remote-controlled submersible designed to remove discarded military munitions from… Read more »

Military studies Waikane Valley bomb cleanup

The Honolulu Star Advertiser published an article about the progress of unexploded ordnance (UXO) cleanup in Waikane valley in Ko’olaupoko district of O’ahu. Waikane is a lush valley that is very significant in Hawaiian legend and history.  The name refers to the waters of the great deity Kane. Sites in the valley are referred to… Read more »

Army destroys another munition found on Kauai beach

Today, near Anahola, Kaua’i, an area resident found a cylindrical object on Aliomanu Beach. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports: Explosives disposal specialists from Schofield Barracks flew to Kauai this morning to destroy a military pyrotechnic device found on a beach near Anahola. It was the second time in less than a month that the Army’s… Read more »

Teenager finds WW II-era device on Kauai

Teenager finds WW II-era device on Kauai By Star-Advertiser staff POSTED: 11:20 a.m. HST, May 22, 2011 An Army ordnance team flew to Kauai and destroyed a World War II-era sea marker today that had been discovered on a Kapaa beach, Kauai officials said. Officials said the French-made, 30-by 6-inch cylinder contained a small amunt… Read more »

Military ordnance team unable to dispose of canister that closed Hanauma Bay today

According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, a diver found a military ordnance in Hanauma Bay today, causing officials to close the popular tourist recreational spot.  This was where President Obama and his family swam during his winter vacation.  Army ordnance disposal technicians failed to blow the canister, which began smoking once exposed to the air. … Read more »

1 Marine dies, 3 injured in Kaneohe Bay crash, Explosion on Carrier Injures 10, and UXO Found at Fort Shafter

According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, one marine died in yesterday’s helicopter crash in Kane’ohe Bay.   The helicopter fuel pods were also damaged and are leaking jet fuel: Three crewmen were treated at Marine Corps Base Hawaii and then taken to the Queen’s Medical Center last night. Search and rescue crews recovered the body of… Read more »