Police have declared an emergency situation in Townsville this afternoon following the discovery of a suspicious package.
The declaration was made at 12.28pm and encompasses the area between Halloran Street, Carmody Street, Bowen Road and Sherriff Street in Hermit Park.
Specialist police are currently on scene and are asking everyone to avoid the area.
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A number of residents have self-evacuated the area.
There is no further information available at this time.