Police say the loud bangs heard by Morrinsville residents during an armed incident were from tear gas being fired, not gunshots.
Parts of the Waikato town were cordoned off yesterday, after reports a man was on the roof of a house with a firearm.
Armed police responded to the incident, and tear gas was fired. But neither the man nor a firearm was found there.
They believe it was an isolated incident between two neighbouring properties.
Police would like to speak to the man who was allegedly at the house to determine what happened.