Central Wellington buildings evacuated

04:47, Mar 05 2014
Bolton Hotel bomb scare
Bolton St, cordoned off by police due to a bomb threat at the Bolton Hotel.
Bolton Hotel bomb scare
Evacuated workers take shelter from the rain.
Bolton Hotel bomb scare
A police officer directs traffic around the area affected by the bomb threat.

The Bolton Hotel and surrounding buildings in central Wellington have been reopened after a bomb threat caused their evacuation this afternoon.

Nearby cordons have been lifted after a a police search found no trace of a bomb.

Efforts to trace a caller who told hotel staff a device was placed in the Bolton St hotel's air vents at 12.45pm are continuing, senior sergeant Glenn Barnett said. His identity was not yet known.

Dozens of guests raced inside the hotel after hours waiting for the cordons to lift. Some waited outside in rainy conditions while others were looked after my hotel staff who evacuated the guests to St Andrews Church nearby.

The Reserve Bank was initially evacuated but has returned to business after police gave the all clear.

Police had no indication from the mystery caller that any person in particular in the hotel was being targeted, Mr Barnett said.

Bolton St
EVACUATED: Bolton St in central Wellington has been closed off.

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Bolton St
ROAD CLOSED: Bolton St in central Wellington has been evacuated and cordoned off by police.

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