Auckland bomb scare a hoax

By Heather McCracken

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A bomb scare at an Auckland library this afternoon was a hoax, police say.

About 50 people were evacuated from Three Kings library as a precaution after a suspicious object was found in a public area nearby, and the Defence Force bomb disposal team was called in to investigate.

Police say the area has now reopened, but they can not reveal what the suspicious object was.

Senior Sergeant Gary Barber said it was a hoax, and police did not want to say what the object was to avoid copycats.

"It was enough to prompt our suspicions and call out the IED [improvised explosive device] team,'' he said.

There was nothing to suggest the bomb scare was related to a suspicious package found on Queen St on Wednesday, which caused the closure of a section of the major Auckland road, Mr Barber said.

- APNZ

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