Houses evacuated in bomb scare

04:04, Dec 16 2013

A smoking package of fireaworks in a letterbox sparked a bomb scare in Hastings today.

A street had to be cordoned off and houses evacuated shortly after midday today as a Defence Force bomb squad was called in to investigate reports of what was initially thought to be a grenade in a woman's letterbox.

A Parkvale resident had called police after she found the suspicious egg-shaped package emitting smoke in her Alexandra Street letter box.

Although police spotted a wick on the device and suspected it might be a toy, they called in the bomb squad as a precaution.

Three neighbouring houses were evacuated and the street was cordoned off with police, the fire service and a St John ambulance present as the bomb squad investigated the smoking package at 1.40pm.

They discovered the package was in fact fireworks and "disarmed" it, with no injuries reported, police said.

It was not known who had placed the fireworks in the woman's letterbox but police would be investigating, they said.

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