A suspicious device which sparked an evacuation in a Leeds suburb turned out to be a harmless smoke marker.
A member of the public called police after seeing what they thought was a possible explosive in a plastic bag in a car park on Spen Lane, West Park, at about 4.20pm on Monday.
It is understood they described it as being about 2ft long with “wings” at one end.
Police quickly closed roads and cordoned off an area within a 100m radius of the site - the grounds of the former Hark to Rover pub at the junction with Ghyll Road.
Homes were evacuated and Network Rail was informed, although the nearby railway line was not closed.
Photographs were sent to the Army’s bomb disposal unit, which confirmed the item was a smoke marker - a device occasionally used by the armed forces to mark out a particular location using high-visibility coloured smoke.
People were allowed to return to their homes and the road was reopened by 6pm.