- Publish Date
- Thursday, 28 September 2017, 9:41AM
Explosions have been heard coming from a rural Tauranga superette as armed police swooped on the area this morning.
A police spokeswoman earlier said police were conducting a search warrant in the area and the Armed Offender Squad was helping, but she would not release any further information.
A reporter at the scene said a couple of loud bangs which sounded like explosions were heard about 9.15am coming from behind the Whakamarama Superette, on the main highway between Tauranga and Katikati.
A Bay of Plenty Times reader who was travelling towards Tauranga at 8.30am said Barrett Rd, leading to State Highway 2, had been shut down and traffic was heavily backed up.
A reporter at the scene said police had cordoned off Barrett Rd leading into Whakamarama Rd.
He said people were not allowed into the Whakamarama superette on SH2.
"There is a scattering of police between Te Puna and Whakamarama."
- More to come.
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.