Building evacuated after battery mistaken for bomb

Moray Pl office workers return to their stations after police gave the all-clear after a Wormald worker's battery was mistaken for a suspicious package. Photo: Christine O'Connor
Moray Pl office workers return to their stations after police gave the all-clear after a Wormald worker's battery was mistaken for a suspicious package. Photo: Christine O'Connor

A large battery left in a corridor of Dunedin's Ministry of Education building in Moray Pl, was mistaken for a bomb by a well-meaning staff member, sparking a police response this afternoon.

Police were called about 2.50pm and ministry staff were evacuated from the building.

Moray Pl was closed between Lower Stuart St and Dowling St for a short time.

Sergeant Anthony Bond, of Dunedin, said the "suspicious" box had tubes and wires coming out of it.

However, it was later determined the box was a replacement battery.

He said it belonged to a Wormald staff member who was changing the batteries in the building's emergency lighting system.

 

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