Police have denied a terrorism link after the bomb squad were called to a Stoke-on-Trent home.
A forensic search of a property in Mann Street, near to Lansbury Grove, in Meir,continued today under the Explosives Act.
It comes after emergency services including a police helicopter were called to the address yesterday evening with families being evacuated.
A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of explosion offences and remains in police custody this evening (November 7).
Now officers have moved to reassure residents the incident is not terror related.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “The Explosive Ordinance Disposal were called to the scene for an assessment following the search and nearby residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
“They were allowed back into their homes late last night, following a controlled explosion by experts in a nearby field.
“A further forensic search took place today while inquires continue.
“While we understand this incident will concern local residents we can reassure them that it’s not a terrorism related incident.”
Eye-witnesses reported seeing the bomb squad as well as the police helicopter.
One resident said: “They kept shining torches over the fields, it was all very suspicious.”
And another added: “There was a suspicious car parked in the field. The bomb disposal vans were here for four hours and then the police turned up.
“They were searching the suspicious car.”