Police and armed offenders squad members have been stood down in the Napier suburb of Onekawa following a firearm incident at a private address at about 1pm.

Police said no firearms were found at the address yet a number of occupants were being spoken to and the cordons had been lifted.

A Napier kindergarten and college were locked down during the callout.

One local on social media earlier said the sound of gunfire had been heard in the Onekawa suburb.

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Police escort people out of the cordon after a lockdown was put in place. Photo / Warren Buckland
Police escort people out of the cordon after a lockdown was put in place. Photo / Warren Buckland

A reporter said 11 police patrol cars were on scene, together with two dog handler vehicles.

Police used a local Baptist church on Riverbend Rd as their base.

The immediate streets were cordoned off and the search seemed to be concentrated on Cranby Cr.

We have just been advised by the Napier Police that we are now in lock down while they respond to an incident nearby....

Posted by Wycliffe Nga Tamariki Kindergarten on Tuesday, 4 September 2018
Police at the scene of the incident. Photo / Warren Buckland
Police at the scene of the incident. Photo / Warren Buckland