In most parts of the world a cluster bomb would be cause for great concern.
In Wellington yesterday it was a hoax – the suspicious parcel delivered to Agriculture Minister David Carter contained cluster flies not explosives.
As Busted Blonde says they’re a particularly irritating species.
But they’re not dangerous.
Last year we were plagued by them, this summer we’ve seen few of them.
Who sent them to the Minsiter and why has yet to be determined.
And while we might laugh at the thought of ministers seeking refuge in bars and cafes when their offices were cleared, we should also be grateful that it was only a hoax.
In many other countries bombs aren’t hoaxes which cause inconvenience, they’re deadly serious and kill people.