Access to Meeting House Lane, Wheatfield Street and Middle Street was restricted by a police corden at around 1.50pm while police investigated reports that an unexploded mortar shell was found by a building surveyor in the attic of a house in Meeting House Lane.
Lancaster railway station was closed from the city centre, and roadblocks were put in place, causing long tailbacks on the city’s one way system.
A member of staff from the Robert Gillow pub, in Meeting House Lane, said that initially the corden was extended to the junction with King Street, but was then moved up to the Post Office, on the corner of Fenton Street.
She added: “There were quite a few irate pedestrians trying to get up Meeting House Lane, but then the police allowed access around the back of the castle.”
The roads were re-opened just after 4pm, after police confirmed the device posed no threat.