Bomb disposal crews were called after concerns were raised over a device found on an Aberdeen beach.
Police and coastguard officers also attended after being alerted by a member of the public near the mouth of the River Don just after 1pm.
However, it was later confirmed that the incident was a false alarm after it was discovered that the device was not an explosive.
A coastguard spokesman said: “The item was not thought to be an explosive of any sort and was safely removed from the beach.
“We assisted Police Scotland with logistics and with putting a cordon in place in order to protect the public.”
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A police spokesman added: “We received a call from the member of the public saying they had found an object washed up on the beach close to the mouth of the River Don.
“Explosive ordnance device teams were called as a precaution.”