Devon and Cornwall Police and Royal Navy bomb disposal experts were called to Godolphin Cross in Cornwall to evacuate residents following reports of a possible unexploded bomb in the area.
But on closer inspection experts realised the suspected bomb was in fact a metal fence post.
In a statement Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were called shortly after 2pm on Saturday 30 July to a report of a possible unexploded ordnance located in the garden of a property at Godolphin Cross.
A number of roads were closed and properties were evacuated.
EOD attended and assessed the item, which was found to be a fence post.”
Residents evacuated from the exclusion zone were allowed to return to their homes at around 6:30pm, once those investigating had ensured all was safe and well.