Police inquiry following Molotov cocktail incident

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Police are looking for information after a “potentially life-threatening” incident occurred in South Hill in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Oamaru police acting Sergeant Carl Pedersen said two Molotov cocktails (glass bottles filled with a flammable substance and ignited with cloth) were thrown at a property on Hull St between 4.30am and 4.45am on Thursday.

One failed to ignite and the other started a small fire on the driveway, which did not cause any damage, but did wake the occupants of the property, he said.

Police were at the address on Thursday morning and acting Sergeant Pedersen said he was waiting for forensic evidence.

“At this stage, we have no suspects in mind.”

However, they would be taking this investigation very seriously as situations like this could be “potentially life-threatening”.

Fortunately in this incident, the Molotov cocktails did not harm the occupants of the house or cause any damage, he said.

“It is something we are very concerned about.”

Acting Sergeant Pedersen said he could not recall this sort of thing happening before.

Anyone with information or who may have seen suspicious activity in the area at the time of the incident can phone Oamaru police confidentially on 433 1400.