3 Jul 2009

Bomb scare over cigarette lighter

3:27 pm on 3 July 2009

A cigarette lighter sparked a bomb scare at Auckland international airport on Friday morning.

Police say the alarm was raised at the mail centre there shortly before 7am, after what appeared to be a grenade showed up on x-ray equipment.

The building was evacuated, surrounding roads closed and the bomb squad called in.

An all-clear was given about two hours later when the suspect item turned out to be a replica lighter.