Specialist police are investigating reports of a suspicious device in the Boonah Showgrounds near Ipswich. A spokesman for Boonah Police told Fairfax Media police had received a note that caused them to call specialist police.

“Boonah Police received a note which raised suspicions about a delivery van at the showgrounds,” he said.

“Erring on the side of caution specialist police were called and have completed a search of the exterior of the van and are now searching the interior.

“An area in the Boonah Showgrounds has been cordoned off.” A spokeswoman for the Queensland Police Service said there were no evacuations in place and no declarations made under the Public Safety Preservation Act. There is no information at this stage as to what the device might be or how it came to be in the area.