Police are investigating after woman discovered pellets apparently from a firearm at her home in the Dunedin suburb of Belleknowes.

The pellets were reported to police about 10.30am today, several hours after the same caller reported damage to the house.

A police spokeswoman said the pellets came from a firearm, "imitation or otherwise". She could not provide details of the damage.

Police were in Carnarvon St early this afternoon, where the incident is understood to have taken place.

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Residents of the house believed to be the scene declined to comment.

However, a neighbour told the Otago Daily Times she heard four "bangs" about 5am, and described the incident as "pretty scary".