Explosives discovered at house

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Last updated 16:57 27/11/2013

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Police evacuated several houses as a precaution after explosives were found on a Wellsford private property today.

The New Zealand Defence Force bomb-disposal unit was called to the Port Albert Rd property around 10.55am after several explosives were found.

The explosives were believed to be rail detonators, Sergeant Kellie Bissett of the Wellsford police said.

"Several detonators were found by a contractor at the address, who informed the homeowner," Bissett said.

The detonators were small, round discs about six centimetres in diameter and eight millimetres thick.

"While the explosives have the ability to cause some damage, they were no real risk unless they were directly interfered with," she said.

The bomb-disposal unit removed the explosives and detonated them off site.

"We don't know how long they had been on the property or how they came to be there, but they aren't uncommon for the area," Bissett said.

The site was cleared by 1.20pm.

Rail detonators were typically used as a warning, caution or stop signal when signals were difficult to see, such as in dense fog.

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