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Fire alarm at Wellington national museum

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/11/2016

Authorities are mopping up the national museum in Wellington after water escaping from sprinklers set off the fire alarm.

Witnesses observed a couple of hundred people leaving the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa grounds following the alarm around 10am on Saturday.

A fire department spokeswoman confirmed there had been no fire, while a Te Papa spokeswoman said the museum was back open and the sprinklers had not damaged its exhibits and collections.

"Sprinklers activated at Te Papa briefly this morning in one of our office areas," she said.

"The activation appears to be linked to construction work and does not appear to be connected with an earlier incident in August."

The museum also closed in August when fire sprinklers activating in its foyer soaked the entrance hall.

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