A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of distributing an indecent image.
No details of the image have been released but police officers arrested the youngster shortly before 11pm on Tuesday night.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing between five and six police car on Chell Street in Hanley as the drama unfolded.
Police officers have now confirmed the teenager has been released on bail.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Officers attended an address in Hanley city centre on 8 December and arrested a teenager on suspicion of possessing/distributing an indecent image.
“The 17-year-old, who is from Hanley, has been given conditional bail while enquiries continue.”