A BOMB scare brought massive disruption in Halifax town centre today.
Halifax bus station was shut along with several usually busy routes, and workers and residents were evacuated from several buildings.
The closure came after a suspicious package was reported to police at around 11am.
It was found behind the army careers office on Northgate by Sergeant Darren Sach.
He said “It was a metal cylinder. It was just sat next to the door. We need to be careful with being the army.”
A cordon was put in place while police investigated and the bomb disposal squad was called in.
The cordon stopped pedestrians from entering an area around Town Hall Street East and Crossley Street for around three hours.
Broad Street, Westgate and Northgate were closed to traffic, with taxis unable to pick up from their usual spot outside Tesco Metro.
Buses had to be re-routed, with some service stopping on Crown Street and picking up on George Square and buses from Huddersfield stopping at Skircoat Green.
Several buildings were evacuated including Halifax Town Hall, Northgate House, Riccis Place, Guitar Zone and neighbouring flats.
Workers asked to leave their buildings gathered with shoppers to watch as police investigated the find.
Among them were Calderdale Councillor Stephen Baines (Cons, Northowram and Shelf).
“I was catching up on some paperwork at the town hall when we were asked to evacuate, When the police ask you to do something, you do it.”
The cordon was eventually lifted at around 2pm after bomb disposal experts established the package was not suspicious and took it away for examination.