A chemical smell sparked an armed police callout in Northeast
Valley yesterday afternoon.
Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Ingles, of Dunedin, said a
government department staff member called police after
smelling chemicals and experiencing a burning sensation in
their eyes and nose, after visiting a house in Crown St.
Police took all the precautions of a house containing a
The armed offenders squad evacuated two men and a woman from
the house and blocked off nearby roads. An ambulance, two
fire trucks and another appliance with decontamination gear
waited on Northumberland St.
After a couple of hours, police confirmed there was no meth
lab and could not explain the smell.