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Christchurch Airport was evacuated after being found in a possible bomb bag.

Staff and passengers were evacuated from the airport terminal building one after another. "Something of interest" Found, police said.

John Kirk-Anderson / Staff.

Police said staff and passengers were evacuated from the airport terminal building after finding an “object of interest”.

Christchurch Airport was evacuated when security personnel found a bomb hidden in what they thought was a passenger’s luggage.

Airport staff and passengers exited the terminal building around 8.15am on Thursday.

A spokesman for aviation security said crews found a “homemade explosive device” hidden in a bag during the screening.

After evacuating on Thursday morning, staff and passengers await permission to return to Christchurch Airport.

John Kirk-Anderson / Staff.

After evacuating on Thursday morning, staff and passengers await permission to return to Christchurch Airport.

The airport was evacuated and police were immediately alerted.

Security personnel were using sniffer dogs to “comb” at the airport.

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He said further comment would be required from the police.

A police spokesman said police were investigating.

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