The public is being asked to avoid Founders Heritage Park in Nelson after explosive material was found. Photo / NZH
The public is asked to avoid the Founders Heritage Park in Nelson as items in the facility are checked for explosive material.
A police spokesman said the NZ Defense Force’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Service (EOD) is conducting an assessment of the material on Atawhai Drive.
A post on the Nelson City Council’s Facebook page said the items are being checked 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 compound 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.”
A daycare center and marae in the area have been evacuated as a precaution.
“There will be a visible police presence in the area for the next few hours as the NZDF’s EOD unit safely removes the material.
“Police would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation while the review is underway.”
The spokesman said staff are working closely with the NZDF’s EOD team to ensure the incident is managed safely.