$2 coin sparks bomb squad callout

ON THE CASE: A robot is rolled out to deal with a suspicious package found in Lower Hutt today.
ON THE CASE: A robot is rolled out to deal with a suspicious package found in Lower Hutt today.

Payment of a $2 tax bill sparked a bomb squad call out this morning.

The suspicious package that caused the evacuation of an Inland Revenue office in Lower Hutt this morning transpired to be nothing more sinister than a $2 coin wrapped in foam, complete with a return slip to the tax department, Senior Sergeant James McKay said.

He confirmed it was someone paying a $2 tax bill.

Even so, it caused a bomb squad call-out complete with robot.

''It's better to be safe than sorry,'' he said.

Earlier this morning, a staff member in the Inland Revenue building on Melling Rd, Lower Hutt found the package in the mail room.

The item of mail had ''something unnatural in it'' with a ''powdery consistency''.

The building was evacuated.

The army bomb squad sent a robot in to X-ray the package.

The Dominion Post