A suspicious object discovered at Bishops Brae in Downpatrick has been declared a hoax.
Earlier homes in the area were evacuated during a security operation.
Bishops Brae had been closed in both directions from Vianstown Road to the junction with Ballynoe Road.
However later Detective Sergeant David Cameron said Army Technical Officers attended the scene and the “object was declared a hoax device”.
“The object was removed and taken away for further forensic examinations. All roads have re-opened to traffic,” he added.