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Shopping centre in Hamitlon, New Zealand, is evacuated after a loud explosion is heard

A shopping centre has been evacuated after an explosion was heard and suspected homemade bombs were found at the scene. 

A loud bang rocked Chartwell shopping centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, early on Thursday morning. 

A worker told Stuff that ‘homemade explosives’ were found on the second storey of the building.  

The mall was immediately evacuated.

‘Chartwell Shopping Centre management are cooperating with New Zealand Police on the matter, and the area has been cordoned off from the public,’ Stride Property, which owns the shopping centre, said.

‘Chartwell Shopping Centre treats the safety of its retailers, customers and the public as the upmost priority and will await further notice from the police regarding reopening the Centre,’ 

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