“Bullet Hole” at Mauna Kea Observatory was Made by a Bolt

The “bullet hole” in the Subaru Telescope’s door was actually made by a bolt, and the staff knew about  six months ago.

The alleged bullet hole was widely  reported by the media, including the Honolulu Star Advertiser, two days ago, after after an unidentified source reported the hole to the Hawaii County Police Department.   But when a police detective investigated the scene on Monday, June 8,  he determined that the hole in a door to the observatory was caused by a bolt from an adjacent wall and that it had been there for approximately six months.

The police said that the case the case of the bullet-pierced observatory “will be closed as unfounded.”

3 replies
  1. Joy Cash
    Joy Cash says:

    Let this media incident be a reminder to us all.
    Media makes assumptions, just as we all are capable of.
    Fear mongering is not healthy for any of us.

  2. James Weatherford
    James Weatherford says:

    Wasn’t it the the staff at the telescope facility that reported it as a ‘bullet hole’? The ‘media’ took the bait.

  3. Alan McNarie
    Alan McNarie says:

    I asked Chris Loos, the HPD’s media contact, who reported the incident. She replied that the department didn’t release the names of its sources.

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