Controlled explosion in Auckland after police discover 'item of concern'

Police have executed a controlled explosion after an "item of concern" was discovered at the intersection of Queen Street and Wakefield Street.

The "item of concern", believed to be a slow-cooker, has been destroyed by the police.

A bomb-disposal robot was dispatched to the scene and a controlled explosion took place at 7:35pm on Thursday night.

A bomb-disposal robot pictured at the scene.
A bomb-disposal robot pictured at the scene. Photo credit: Newshub

Cordons around the area have now been lifted, a police spokesperson confirmed.

Controlled explosion in Auckland after police discover 'item of concern'
Photo credit: Newshub
Controlled explosion in Auckland after police discover 'item of concern'
Photo credit: Newshub

The slow-cooker was spotted near a rubbish bin at the intersection of Queen Street and Wakefield Street.

Police in Auckland CBD.
Police in Auckland CBD. Photo credit: Newshub

Earlier in the night a number of cordons were in place as police diverted traffic up Mayoral Drive.

The police say a member of the public alerted them to the item. They thanked people for their cooperation. 

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