A 23-year-old man has been charged with discharging a firearm after a Whakatāne school was put in lockdown yesterday.

Police initally received reports a person with a firearm had driven a vehicle onto a property near Thornton School at 2.24pm on Thursday.

A reporter from the Rotorua Daily Post saw Armed Offenders Squad assisting Bay of Plenty police in Thornton near Whakatāne. She later witnessed armed police walking a handcuffed, shirtless man to a police truck.

Police confirmed a man was taken into custody following an incident in Thornton and there were no injuries.

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Thornton School was put in temporarily lockdown.

The man was scheduled to appear in the Whakatāne District Court next Tuesday.