Armed police have descended around State Highway 1 on Auckland's North Shore after a report of a person carrying a gun in the area.

Shortly before midday police were called to a report of a firearm being presented at a person on Esmonde Rd, Takapuna.

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Police said no one was injured in the response and they were unable to verify the claim a firearm was actually being brandished in public.

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The police Eagle helicopter was also involved initially to search the area to find the alleged offender but police were not able to locate anyone.

A witness at the scene said there were numerous police armed with assault rifles congregating around the Esmonde Rd onramp to State Highway 1.