Bomb disposal experts detonated a suspect package after a street outside Molineux football ground in Wolverhampton was closed off today.
The EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) team was called in to an area outside the Stan Cullis Stand at 11.25am to deal with the item, believed to be a rucksack, which was stuffed into a litter bin.
Waterloo Road was closed off between Newhampton Road East and Staveley Road by police, who were called just before 8.55am after being alerted by a cleaner at the ground.
The club shop and ticket office of the newly-promoted Premiership side were evacuated, causing disruption for between 15 and 20 employees of the club.
But the Billy Wright Stand, which houses the main club offices, and the Steve Bull Stand, home to part of the University of Wolverhampton, were unaffected by the incident.
An Army spokeswoman said the item in question turned out to be a “false package”.
She said: “It had nothing to do with an explosive device.”
A police spokesman said: “The Stan Cullis Stand was evacuated and a cordon was put in place while enquiries were made. The Army bomb disposal unit was called and was in attendance at 11.25am, and the road was closed.
“A controlled explosion was made after which the road closure was lifted.”
A spokesman for Wolves said: “It only affected staff in that part of the building, and they went back in at 12.15pm.”
The club issued a statement on its website apologising for disruption caused by the incident.