'Bomb' sparks callout

A replica World War II bomb was responsible for the bomb squad being called to Timaru on Saturday.

The replica bomb, which was about 50cm in length, was found at a Macaulay St address, and then taken to an industrial property in Leckie St before the police were notified.

Acting Sergeant Steve Loxham said the person who moved the "bomb" had surrounded it with steel and drums of concrete.

The street was cordoned off and nearby residents were informed and given the option to remain in their homes or leave the area.

A Christchurch-based bomb squad was called to deal with the device. As soon as they arrived they were able to confirm it was a replica and no further action was required.

The Timaru Herald