Fire service personal were on high alert after a threat of fireworks in Wainuiomata this afternoon.
But they have been stood down after all that was spotted was a damp squib.
One fire fighter who declined to be named said they’d been warned someone was wanting to set the year alight.
“We were expecting some pretty hot stuff with sparks flying but it was only talk,” she said.
“We were concerned the statement we will not create more better paying jobs by simply exporting more milk powder might have been inflammatory. But the biggest reaction it got was a yawn from a farmer who said, ‘Another David told us farming was a sunset industry in the 1980s.’.”