Founders Heritage Park was closed on Tuesday while the park’s collection was checked for a possible explosive acid.
Potentially explosive acid found at Founders Heritage Park in Nelson has led to the evacuation of the park, along with a nearby nursery and marae.
Police are warning people to avoid the area, while the New Zealand Defense Force’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit is “conducting an assessment of explosive material,” police said in a press release on Tuesday.
The parking lot at Founders Heritage Park, a daycare center and Whakatū Marae have been evacuated for safety reasons.
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“Police will be present in the area for the next few hours while the NZDF’s EOD unit safely removes the material,” a police statement said.
In a Facebook post, Nelson City Council said items from the park’s collection were being examined for picric acid.
“Picric acid was widely used in early forms of medicine and medical supplies, including on gauze pads, and as an antiseptic. It is a volatile substance that is sensitive to heat, friction and shock and has been used as a military explosive.
“All items considered dangerous will be removed for safe removal off site.”
The park was closed and tenants had been asked to evacuate that day, but roads around the park would remain open.
Earlier this month, the discovery of the acid in a bottle at the Napier Museum also prompted an evacuation.