Suspicious package found at Western Bay Council

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UPDATED 11.15am: Six people have undertaken decontamination procedures after a suspicious package has been found at the Western Bay of Plenty District Council this morning.

There are three fire crews on site following the hazardous materials incident, says Fire and Emergency northern communications shift manager Paul Radden.

 “It appears to be unknown chemicals in a package that have now been made safe.

“Fire services are handing the scene over to police now so we shouldn’t be there too much longer.”

Earlier: Emergency services are dealing with an incident at the Western Bay of Plenty District Council after a suspicious package was found earlier this morning..

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says fire and police are in the car park of the council on Cameron Road.

A police spokesperson says they were called to the offices regarding a "parcel that has been received".

"Emergency services were called to the Council building just before 8.30am re a parcel that had been received.

"There's no further info available at this stage."

A council spokesperson confirmed a package was received at the offices in Greerton, Tauranga, when staff were going through the mail on Monday morning. 

A number of staff from information services are going through decontamination, taking showers at work and going home to change clothing, says the spokesperson.

The building remains open. 

Fire and Emergency Shift Manager Paul Radden said crews were alerted to a hazardous incident at 8.30am.

Three trucks are at the scene, police are also in attendance. 

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