UPDATE: Bomb squad called to washed up mine

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The bomb squad has been called to Ruakaka Beach after reports of a washed up mine. PHOTO: FILE
The bomb squad has been called to Ruakaka Beach after reports of a washed up mine. PHOTO: FILE

The sighting of a possible World War II mine being washed up on a beach south of the city has turned out to be a dummy one used for training drills.

Northland police spokeswoman Sarah Kennett said police received a call from a Ruakaka resident about 9.30am today saying they saw what appeared to be an old sea mine - a round steel object with what appeared to be metal spikes sticking from around the body - floating about in the surf on Ruakaka Beach.

Police have closed off a section of the beach about 200 metres north of the Uretiti campground.

The Auckland-based Bomb Disposal Unit is on its way to the beach to investigate.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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