Hawaii: 3 arrested with live mortar round at gate to Pearl Harbor

Hawaii 3 arrested with live mortar round at gate to Pearl Harbor
Hawaii 3 arrested with live mortar round at gate to Pearl Harbor

BREAKING: Three people were arrested after a live mortar round was found in their vehicle at a gate to Pearl Harbor military base, shutting down the base for hours.

It’s not clear what the suspects planned to do or where they wanted to go when they were stopped, base spokesman Charles Anthony said, calling the mortar round “an explosive device” and “a deadly weapon.”

When the gate guard asked the driver of the vehicle to turn around, the guard smelled marijuana and noticed potential ordnance in the car, officials said.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team responded to the scene.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was shut down about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to incoming and outgoing traffic while a bomb squad investigated the vehicle.

There were no injuries.