Traffic Monitor Triggers Bomb Alert


A student monitoring traffic sparked a bomb alert in Dunedin today  - the city nervous after yesterday’s airport bomb hoax.

A suspected “improvised explosive device  that sparked an emergency services callout in Dunedin today has been found to be a student project.

A 21-year-old Otago Polytechnic student contacted police and told them he had several days ago attached five pinhole cameras to the Koremata St overbridge at Burnside to monitor traffic.

The cameras had been mistaken for a possible IED by members of the public and resulted in an emergency services callout.

Dunedin Emergency Commander, Inspector Alastair Dickie, said police were still investigating whether charges would be laid.

Traffic was diverted from the southbound lane of the southern motorway  out of Dunedin and some residents in the area were evacuated while the incident was being attended to. All affected roads are now re-opened.




  1. ingolfson says:

    Ouch. I hope he’s left off with a caution. I mean so many people do things with much worse effect (i.e. actual harm) and are left off with a slap on the wrist. This guy just did something a bit out of the box to support his studies, and then got unlucky. Would be a shame if the lesson he learned was “don’t try and realise your ideas”.


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