Armed police act over Dunedin chemical smell

The armed offenders squad was called out when a chemical smell was detected in Northeast Valley,...
The armed offenders squad was called out when a chemical smell was detected in Northeast Valley, Dunedin, yesterday.
A woman and two men wait after being evacuated from a house in Northeast Valley yesterday, after...
A woman and two men wait after being evacuated from a house in Northeast Valley yesterday, after police were called about a suspected meth lab.

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 methamphetamine lab.

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.

shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

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