Old smoke bomb found in Linwood

01:22, Jul 04 2012
Smoke bomb July 4
CAUTIOUS: An old smoke bomb was found this morning in Hay St, Linwood. The canister is on top of the yellow wheelie bin.

Part of a Christchurch street was blocked off after contractors working on a house found an old smoke bomb near a gas cylinder.

A police spokesman said contractors working on a Hay St, Linwood, house reported finding a smoke bomb in the backyard about 9.10am today.

The site was cleared and secured quickly because the item was found near a gas cylinder, the spokesman said.

The army's bomb-disposal team identified the item as a "smoke canister".

The canister was removed from the site and the street was cordoned up to 100 metres on either side of the house as a precaution, the spokesman said.

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