A SECURITY alert was triggered close to a Tyson Fury fight at Belfast’s Windsor Park after police evacuated homes and “conducted controlled explosions”.
Cops swarmed the park’s railway bridge in South Belfast as 25,000 fight fans gathered there for the WBC heavyweight championship over a feared bomb scare.
But Northern Ireland police later confirmed it was a hoax device and officers had been stood down.
Temporary Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said: “A security alert in south Belfast has ended, and residents who were evacuated from their homes have been allowed to return.
“A device left in the Lower Windsor area was examined by ATO and declared a hoax.
“Roads that were closed have since reopened.
“I want to thanks residents for their patience while we worked to keep the community safe.
“I would urge anyone who may have witnesses any suspicious activity in the area, or anyone with information which could assist with our enquiries to call us on 101.”
Earlier in the night, a number of residents were evacuated and roads closed while “controlled explosions” were carried out.
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