Inventor`s model sparks bomb scare in New Zealand Parliament
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 13:52
Wellington: An eccentric inventor sparked a security scare in the New Zealand Parliament on Thursday when a model of his contraption was mistaken for a bomb, police said.

The distinctive Parliament building in central Wellington, known as the Beehive, was evacuated as the bomb squad used a remote-controlled robot to check the device, which a member of the public had delivered to the mail room.

Police spokesman Scott Miller said parliamentary staff raised the alarm after putting the package through standard security procedures.

"The X-ray machine showed wires and coils which led staff to treat it with caution," he said.

Miller said the box actually contained a scale model of a "hydrogen energy converter", which the man said could be used to transform water into energy.

He said police had contacted the man, who told them he dropped off the model at Parliament intending to show off his invention to MPs.

Miller did not say whether or not the device worked.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 13:52

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