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Several schools are in lockdown as police respond to reports of a possible firearms incident in Palmerston North.
A spokesman confirmed they had received reports of a firearm was "possibly discharged" on Milson Line just before 11am.
"Several schools in the area have been placed into lockdown as a precaution," he said.
The Armed Offenders Squad has also been called to the scene and police are making inquiries.
No injuries have been reported at this stage, police said.