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A fire scare briefly closed Auck­land mo­tor­way’s Vic­to­ria Park Tun­nel on Mon­day night. The alert was raised just after

7.30 pm and the five-year-old tun­nel’s ‘‘fire del­uge sys­tem’’ was ac­ti­vated New Zealand Trans­port Agency spokes­woman Sarah Azam said the agency, which man­ages the tun­nel, trig­gered the sys­tem after smoke from a smok­ing van pass­ing through caused ‘‘very poor vis­i­bil­ity’’. An emer­gency bar­rier was brought down stop­ping mo­torists from en­ter­ing the tun­nel and jet fans were ac­ti­vated to re­move the smoke - the tun­nel was re­opened 15 min­utes later, Azam­said. Four Fire Ser­vice trucks at­tended the scene find­ing no fire. It’s un­clear if Mon­day night’s ac­ti­va­tion was the much vaunted del­uge sys­tem’s first since the $340 mil­lion tun­nel opened in Oc­to­ber, 2011.

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