Empty mortar shells sparked a police operation at the Courier Post depot in Wellington this afternoon.

Police were called to the scene on Kaiwharawhara Rd after an "item of concern" was found at the depot, a spokeswoman said.

"It turns out that they're likely empty mortar shells," she said.

The shells were being sent in the mail. Police have spoken to the intended recipient.

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The road was closed and a cordon had been put in place, but this has since been lifted.

Courier Post has been contacted for comment.