Homes have been evacuated as the Defence Force bomb squad
investigates an unexploded mortar round found at a Hamilton
home this morning.
Police have asked people to stay away from Willoughby St
where a cordon has been set up.
The "unexploded ordnance" was found about 10.40am.
Senior Sergeant Andrew O'Reilly said workers removing a house
discovered the device under a drainpipe.
"The item was left in situ while immediate neighbours were
evacuated to a safe area," he said.
"The cordon currently in place is the area between the
intersections of Willoughby, Richmond and Abbotsford
Mr O'Reilly said at first glance the ordnance appeared to be
a mortar round but a Defence Force Explosive Ordnance
Disposal team on its way from Auckland would confirm that.
"Until they have given us the all-clear the area will remain
cordoned off and we're asking people to stay away from the
area of concern," Mr O'Reilly said.
"We've spoken to nearby playcentres and a school who have
been asked to contact parents and advise them of the
situation and the possible need for alternative arrangements
to uplift children."