A man has been charged after a shotgun was reportedly fired into the air in central Hawke's Bay last night.

Police and the Armed Offenders Squad were called to a domestic disturbance where shots were reportedly fired in Otane just after 8pm, closing State Highway 2.

A 51-year-old Hawke's Bay man has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm near a dwelling, and threatening behaviour in relation to the incident.

There were no reported injuries.

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Motorists headed north through Otane last night, were told to turn off at Argyll Rd, while those heading south had to use College Rd.

A nearby resident told the Herald last night they had been blocked off by police officers in the area.

"The roads are all shut off - we don't know why,'' she said.

The man is due to appear in Hastings District Court on March 3.