24 Apr 2024

Two arrested after explosive found at Christchurch house

12:26 pm on 24 April 2024

Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

Two people have been arrested and charged following the discovery of an explosive at a Christchurch property.

Police carried out a search at an address on Grimseys Road in the suburb of Redwood at about 4pm on Tuesday when they located a "suspicious object".

Local residents who live on Grimseys Road told RNZ police spent about eight hours at the scene.

Cordons were lifted at about 7pm after police at the scene cleared the device of any danger.

A man was arrested at the scene and was scheduled to appear in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday, on a charge of unlawful possession of an improvised explosive device.

A 38-year-old woman was summonsed to appear at a later date on the same charge.

"We understand events like these can be distressing," a police spokesperson said.

"However police are treating this as an isolated incident and do not believe there is any ongoing threat to the community."