A Ministry of Social Development building in Auckland was forced to go into lockdown this morning as an incident involving police unfolded.
Police responded to reports of a potential situation involving a weapon at Work and Income in Papakura's Queen St around 9am.
"While initial reports suggested a firearm was present, no firearm or similar weapon has been located," said a police spokesperson.
A witness who had a meeting at the offices this morning arrived to see roller doors down and were told by security that nobody would be allowed in as there was an incident unfolding.
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They said they saw three police cars enter through a rear entrance.
Another local had been told that a man with a gun was holding staff hostage inside.
"Pretty scary really, a lot people down on their luck around here."
The offices reopened around 10am and there were no injuries.
Police are making inquiries into the incident.