A West Auckland police station was evacuated this afternoon
after a man brought in a suspected bomb he found buried in a
It turned out it was actually a World War II training shell
that was not explosive, but the Henderson Police Station was
cordoned off for about an hour from 12.45pm before the
all-clear was given.
Senior Sergeant Matt Broderick said the shell was shaped like
a bullet and was 30cm long and 8cm-10cm wide.
About 20 police staff were moved outside when officers became
concerned about it.
The station and road outside were cordoned off and the police
bomb squad was called to examine the device and give the
all-clear. The shell was taken away for disposal.
"It's better to treat these things seriously and just assume
the worst until the experts turned up," Mr Broderick said.
"We're all back in our station now nice and quiet."
The man found the shell buried in a Henderson rental property
garden he was preparing for new tenants. Often shells were
taken home by military personnel, buried, and forgotten
about, Mr Broderick said.
He urged people who find suspicious devices to leave them
where they were and call police.
- By Jimmy Ellingham of APNZ