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.
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