PVC Pipes That Look Like Improvised Explosive Devices Discovered During Crash Investigation: Maui Now

PC: Maui Police Department

Maui Police evacuated nearby residents and closed streets in the area after a single vehicle crash where, while conducting a crash investigation, police discovered two PVC pipes that looked like improvised explosive devices in the vehicle involved.

The incident was reported around 7:41 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the 600 block of Liholiho Street in Wailuku.

A preliminary police investigation reveals that the operator of the 1996 Buick Le Saber sedan, a 17-year-old male from Captain Cook, Hawaii, lost control while traveling eastbound on Liholiho Street.


The vehicle crashed into a rock wall along the driveway of a nearby residence.

After the collision, the operator and his three passengers – a 20-year-old Wailuku woman, a 16-year-old Wailuku man and a 13-year-old Kahului man – were able to exit the vehicle before it caught fire.

Area residents and firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire.


All four occupants of the vehicle were transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room for further treatment.

When patrol officers conducted the investigation of the motor vehicle collision, they located the devices in the vehicle. .

At approximately At 8:46 p.m., the Hawaiʻi Inter-Island Bomb Squad – Maui unit arrived on scene and observed one of the PVC pipes with rubber end caps on the rear passenger seat and the other pipe on the floorboard below.


Bomb technicians were able to remove the first IED, which contained unknown components, and obtained an X-ray of the device, which was found to be empty. The other unit was closed at one end and open at the other; further examination showed that none of the units contained any powered residue.

The police state that both units will be destroyed at a later date.

At approximately 10:54 p.m., all roads were reopened and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

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