A hoax was responsible for the Army Bomb Disposal Squad being called to north Derbyshire this morning, police have revealed.
When officers arrived and arrested two men who were with the car they were told that there was a bomb inside.
Police called the Army Bomb Disposal Squad and evacuated residents from their homes.
All neighbouring streets were cordoned off as a precaution.
A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said: “Derbyshire police can confirm no suspicious package has been found following an incident in the Clay Cross area.
“Police were called to Victoria Street at 2.25am today reports of a suspicious car.
“Officers arrived and arrested two men who were with the car. One of the men told police there was an explosive device inside the car.
“As a precaution homes in the area were evacuated and the army bomb disposal team were called to the scene.
“The car was thoroughly examined by experts and it was confirmed there were no explosive devices inside it. Police are treating the incident as a hoax.
“The two men remain in police custody and will be questioned later today.
“We would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this time.”