Emergency services were called to Tynemouth after a car rolled down onto a promenade and landed on its roof.
It happened at Longsands beach just after 10 am on Wednesday.
Northumbria Police say the vehicle was on a road above the beach and went through a barrier before it landed upside down on the walkway below, a short distance away from Crusoe’s cafe.
Officers said there was no-one inside the car at the time and no-one was injured.
A spokesman added: “Inquiries are ongoing to establish what has happened.”
The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, firefighters and paramedics also arrived after it was initially feared someone may have been hurt or may have needed assistance. However, the fire and ambulance crews were stood down.
A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We were called to an incident at 10.08am at Tynemouth Longsands beach to a potentially injured person as a result of a vehicle leaving the road.
“We attended but no-one was inside the vehicle. No treatment was required.”
The walkway was cordoned off while emergency services dealt with the incident. The car was badly damaged.