Public urged to avoid Founders Heritage Park after discovery of explosive material

12:36 pm on 20 July 2021

A childcare centre and a building on a marae have been evacuated following the discovery of explosive material in a Nelson park.

The Nelson Evening Mail office at Founders Heritage Park.

There will be a visible police presence at Founders Heritage Park for the next few hours (file picture). Photo: RNZ / Tracy Neal

Members of the public are urged to avoid Founders Heritage Park in Atawhai Drive while the Defence Force's explosive ordnance disposal unit assesses the material.

The park's carpark has also been closed as a safety precaution.

Police said there would be a visible police presence in the area for the next couple of hours while the unit disposed of the material safely.

"Police want to acknowledge the public for their patience and co-operation while the assessment is carried out."

It is unknown what type of explosive material is involved.

Police said staff were working closely with the explosive ordnance disposal unit to ensure the incident was managed safely.