London's Canary Wharf business district was put on lockdown following reports of a suspicious package Thursday morning.
Met Police officers were called to London's financial district at 9am after it was alleged a package was found in Churchill Place, beside the skyscraper housing Barclays Bank HQ.
Witnesses described being told to stay in nearby buildings amid reports of a controlled explosion taking place.
Officers confirmed they sent a bomb disposal squad to investigate the package just after 9am - but it turned out to be a false alarm.
Witnesses tweeted pictures of a bomb disposal robot and empty streets at the scene:
Controlled Explosion in Canary Wharf - still stuck in our building, happening right outside! #CanaryWharf— Adam Etting (@adame_) May 1, 2014
Suggest a correction— Neil (@nahornsby) May 1, 2014