Armed police who swarmed into Clive on Monday morning arrested an "aggressive" man with a tyre iron.
The incident started with a dispute between two people at Westshore Beach Reserve shortly before 9am which police said became aggressive.
Police received reports of a firearm present at the scene but the man left in a vehicle before police arrived.
A police spokeswoman said they found the man on Clive's Main Rd about 9am and armed police arrived because of the report a firearm might be present.
Police later confirmed this wasn't the case, but a tyre iron was recovered from a man arrested at the scene, police said.
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A 27-year-old man is due to appear in Hastings District Court on Friday on a charge of presenting an object like a firearm.