Central Wellington buildings evacuated

Last updated 15:22 05/03/2014

The Bolton Hotel and two other central Wellington buildings were cordoned off after a bomb threat was called in to the hotel today.

Bolton Hotel bomb scare
A police officer directs traffic around the area affected by the bomb threat.

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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.

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- The Dominion Post

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