Popular beach evacuated to investigate possible bomb

Traffic shut down in the area of the beach on Saturday. Photo by KHON2-TV

HANAUMA BAY, Hawaii (AP/WNCN) — Honolulu police say a popular beach has been evacuated as officers and bomb squad officials respond to the discovery of what could be a bomb, Hawaii News Now reports.

The news service says that hundreds were asked to leave Hanauma Bay beach after a suspicious item was found around 10:40 a.m.

Ocean Safety reports that lifeguards were training near the area known as Witches’ Brew when one of them came upon the object, KHON2-TV reported.

Police tell Hawaii News Now the item is a canister that washed ashore.

Hanauma Bay, nestled inside a volcanic cone on the southeastern shore of Oahu, has some of the state’s calmest waters, most pristine beaches and world-renowned snorkeling over coral reefs that teem with colorful fish.

In 2016, for the second year in a row, the beach was selected as the best beach in America by a Florida professor — Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach — who’s made a career ranking and studying beaches around the country.

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