'Improvised Explosive Device' Found Near Bank, Streets Cordoned Off
A bomb response team has rendered an alleged 'pipe bomb' safe, after a "suspicious package" was found near a bank in the quiet northern NSW town of Mullumbimby.
NSW Police confirmed an operation was underway on Thursday, after the discovery of an "item" at Station Street around 7.30am. Police are treating the package as a live explosive, and it has been described as a "pipe bomb".
"On arrival police located what appeared to be an improvised explosive device, before establishing a 200m exclusion zone," a police spokesperson told AAP.
Additional resources, including a rescue and bomb disposal unit, were sent to scene -- but after an extensive, all-day operation, police declared the package to be safe to move, around 5.30pm.
10 News First's Matthew Howard spoke to a man who runs a nearby shop, who said he found the item in the morning. He thought it was a hoax, and initially gave it a kick.
Fire and Rescue NSW's Rob Jansen told AAP the device had been found in a car park behind the bank, and police were flying a robot up from Sydney by helicopter to investigate the device.
Local media reported the item was found near a bank. No threats were reported to police or locals, and no note was found with the item, Tweed Byron Police Detective Chief Inspector, Matt Kehoe, told the ABC.
The Commonwealth Bank said staff and customers from the Mullumbimby branch had been evacuated.
Footage from the scene showed fire crews in attendance and the area taped off, as local residents watch curiously from a nearby cafe.
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