Roads were evacuated in London's financial district and St Paul's underground railway station closed on Tuesday morning as police investigated the discovery of a "suspicious package" in a building there.
The commotion has caused panic on social networks, where users shared photos and their impressions of what was going on, via the hashtag #stpauls.
St Pauls is in lockdown. ‘Suspicious package’ and police everywhere!— Niall James (@NiallJames8787) 5 декабря 2017 г.
Shortly after the initial report, the police reassured people that the package is "non-suspicious."
The item has now been deemed non suspicious and officers are working to clear the incident. Cordons are still currently in place.— City of London Police (@CityPolice) 5 декабря 2017 г.
Nevertheless, some Twitter users reported that a "controlled explosion" had been carried out.
After a controlled explosion, the cordon has been lifted, the security alert is over, and we're all back to normal now in #stpauls :-)— Natasha Reynolds (@Tasha_Reynolds) 5 декабря 2017 г.
The incident comes after a mass panic on November 24 amid fears of a terror attack in London, which turned out to be a false alarm. Several people reported hearing gunshots at Oxford Circus underground train station, which was evacuated as a result, along with local shops. However, a subsequent investigation has found that the commotion, which injured 15 commuters, was linked to an altercation between two men on the platform of the underground station.