Streets in Christchurch were evacuated due to suspicious package.
A man was arrested and suspected explosives and ammunition were seized after police and a bomb squad were deployed in the suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, which saw horrific terrorist attacks in two mosques last month.
"Police have located a package containing a suspected explosive device and ammunition at a vacant address.in Christchurch", district police commander Superintendent John Price said in a statement.
Police had cleared the empty section on Newcastle St.
Police declined to comment on the nature of the incident but a spokesman confirmed a 33-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the operation in the Phillipstown area of the city on New Zealand's South Island.
Police were called to the empty property about 3.15pm on Tuesday after a report of suspicious items.
Several officers and a police dog entered a property on Newcastle St about 5pm.
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Some residents had been allowed back home while officers went door-to-door canvassing residents.
Cordons around the area have since been lifted.
One local who was evacuated said officers did not give an explanation to the sudden evacuation.
A large number of police on Bordesley St in Phillipstown, Christchurch.
"A fire engine was parked opposite but that's all I know - there's something going on".
An ambulance was also waiting on standby at the site.