News from NZ Police
Employees of a Tawa service station on the corner of Main Rd and Tawa St alerted Police to a suspicious device found with their premises last night. The device comprised of several electrical wires.
Police attended the scene to access the item and decided to heighten the risk level.
As a precautionary measure, the Fire Service was put on standby and several appliances were sent to a nearby area. The NZ Defence Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron (EOD Sqd) were requested and deployed.
Traffic was closed to parts of Tawa St, Main Rd and The Drive.
Tranz Metro stopped all trains between Takapu Rd and Porirua as the tracks run through the area of concern.
The headmaster of Tawa College made the school hall available should nearby residents require to be evacuated.
At approximately 1:50am this morning the EOD Sqd deconstructed the device at the scene and confirmed it was not explosive.