Firefighters' pistol shock
A 63-year-old man will appear in Tokoroa District Court today after allegedly brandishing a pistol toward firefighters at the weekend.
It was nearly 11pm on Saturday when Mangakino Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a shed fire in Totara Terrace.
Acting chief fire officer Craig Snowball and three crew members arrived to find a man allegedly waving a gun at them, northern fire communications spokesman Scott Osmond said.
"I just followed our protocols and got our crew out of there," Mr Snowball said.
His civil training took over but he said he has never seen anything like it during his 10 years in the Mangakino service.
"Really we couldn't do a hell of a lot. We had to wait for the police to come in and secure the area."
He would not elaborate as he was yet to be interviewed by police.
The Armed Offenders Squad were called and dealt with the situation.
Mr Osmond said there was a group of 20 or so people milling around what turned out to be a caravan fire. It was burnt out when Mr Snowball's crew returned.
It is being treated as suspicious.
A neighbour said she was outside having a smoke when she heard an explosion down the street.
Further charges in relation to the incident may follow.
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