5 Feb 2016

Hoax bomb threat at Balclutha high school

3:39 pm on 5 February 2016

A hoax bomb threat caused a Balclutha high school to be evacuated this afternoon, police say.

A police spokesperson says South Otago High School received a phone call at about 12.30pm stating a bomb had been placed on site.

The high school was evacuated immediately and emergency services staff, including volunteer firefighters, were called to the scene, and surrounding streets cordoned off.

Police searched the school and cleared the college to reopen two hours later.

They are now investigating the source of the threat.