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Suitcase at centre of scare destroyed

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 29/09/2016
Near the scene of the cordoned off street © Matt Janis Near the scene of the cordoned off street

A suitcase, which had been thought to be suspicious, has been destroyed in a small controlled explosion in central Auckland.

The New Zealand Defence Force was called to inspect the item, which was found earlier this evening beside a rubbish bin on the corner of Quay Street and Gore Street.

Police cordoned off the area and closed parts of nearby roads as a precaution.

An investigation was still under way at the site, but cordons were being lifted.

The police said motorists in the area should expect to continue to experience some disruption.

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