Investigation underway after suspicious package found at Circuit Court

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It was a huge scare in Downtown Honolulu on Thursday. A bomb threat at Circuit Court shut down the area after a suspicious package was found.

According to Honolulu Police, an unknown male called 911 just before 6 a.m. and said there was a bomb at Circuit Court.

“It was called in earlier, definite Circuit Court location, described a package, and a detonation time,” State Sheriff Shawn Tsuha said. “The detonation time was for 12 p.m.”

A package matching the description in the call was found just outside the building.

K-9 units swept the area and the HPD bomb squad was called in to examine the package for explosives.

For the next few hours, it was a waiting game.

“This is crazy. They need to take care of these cuckoos before they do anything worse,” Kamaka Ukulele owner Chris Kamaka said.

“It is better to be safe than sorry, especially after what happened at the Boston Marathon. Like I said, it is better to be out here than have something terrible happen to all of us here,” Honolulu resident Julie Takano said.

And at 9:39 a.m., the controlled explosion happened.

“They use technical means to examine the package,” Tsuha said. “Our primary concern is for life safety, not just for the members of the public and the state workers and the workers in the area, but also for our first responders, so they have technical means. The robot is one of them.”

Officials say the package was secured and did not contain any explosives.

Honolulu Police have opened a first-degree terroristic threatening case and are continuing to investigate.  No arrest have been made at this time.

By 11 a.m., the roads were reopened and it was business as usual.

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