Kailua-Kona Costco deemed safe after hazmat scare

  • Members of the Hawaii Fire Department Hazmat Team give the all clear at Costco on Wednesday morning.

  • Members of the Hawaii County Fire Department Hazmat Team discuss a potentially hazardous situation at Costco Wednesday morning.

  • The Hawaii County Fire Department Hazmat Team responds to a potential situation at Costco Wednesday morning.

KAILUA-KONA — The all-clear was given at Costco in Kailua-Kona Wednesday after a brief emergency inspection.

The store was evacuated around 9:20 a.m. because of a possible hazardous materials situation. It doesn’t open to the public until 10 a.m. normally.

A Hawaii Fire Department official said initial reports indicated there was a possible Freon leak.

Company 21, which houses the department’s hazardous materials company, tested the air and declared the scene safe about 9:40 a.m.

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