An Eastern District police station had to be cordoned off yesterday, after an explosive device was brought on site.

A police spokeswoman said about midday on Sunday, a member of the public brought an Air Force practice bomb to the Gisborne Police Station.

The person left the bomb and other explosives in a car outside the station. This meant both the station and street had to be cordoned off, as police contacted the Defence Force to remove the explosive.

It would be destroyed today.

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The spokeswoman said anyone findng explosives should leave the item where it was and call the police.

"People find them in gardens, or..in their garages. It's not common but it does happen," she said.

"It's better not to take the risk".