British authorities reopened parts of Birmingham on Sunday after clearing as many as 30,000 people out of the downtown on the previous evening because of a reported threat.
Police officers continued to search into the morning in some areas of the entertainment district and Chinese quarter of Birmingham, which lies 175 kilometres northwest of London.
By early morning, however, they lifted the security alert that shut down the centre of England’s second-largest city for 10 hours. Workers and residents were allowed back into most areas.
Police had carried out a handful of controlled explosions, including on a bus that was reported to carry a suspicious package. They determined that it wasn’t an explosive device.
A second suspicious item that was abandoned at a hotel was also found to be harmless…