Officers from Herts Police found a “suspicious device” at an address in St Albans over the weekend which led to a number of addresses being evacuated.
The device was discovered by officers during a search of the address in Approach Road shortly before 9pm on Saturday, August 3, which wasn’t connected to the matter.
To deal with the incident, specialist officers from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) assessed the device and carried out a controlled explosion nearby.
Further investigations have revealed the recovered object was not a viable item.
A 100m cordon was put in place for public safety and as a result, a number of roads have been temporarily closed including Grosvenor Road, Alma Road and London Road.
Residents who were evacuated by police were provided overnight accommodation. Police would like to thank residents for their patience.
Chief Superintendent Geoff Camp said: “We take all incidents of this nature seriously and will always take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of members of the public and our officers.
“It transpired that there was no risk to them but, of course, we could not be certain of this until EOD had completed their work. I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding throughout, particularly to local residents whose safety was paramount.”
We would like to thank them and the wider public for their patience and understanding.