Bomb scare on North Shore

19:20, Oct 29 2012

A North Shore street was closed for an hour this afternoon and the New Zealand Defence Force were called in when residents came across what they thought was buried ammunition.

Gardeners on Deuxberry Ave, Northcote, were digging out a tree stump when they came across an approximately 24cm-long piece of blackened metal.

Police were alerted to the situation and the defence force arrived at 2.45pm, when a cordon was put in place.

After an hour they deemed it safe enough to remove and took it away for testing.

"It gave the appearance of a cartridge or bullet," police northern communications inspector Lou Alofa said.

"So we treated it as such."

Suggestions of a potential bomb scare did not seem to worry residents of the street who said they had seen the cordon in place but had not been warned of any potential threat by police.

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