Police rushed to London's Oxford Circus on Friday, sparking fears of a terror attack, but they have now stood down after finding no evidence to support reports of shots fired, the Metropolitan Police said.
"Our response on #OxfordStreet has now been stood down. If you sought shelter in a building please now leave, and follow the direction of police officers on the ground if you need assistance," the force said on Twitter.
London's police force said they had received reports that shots had been fired on Oxford Street and in the nearby underground station, which they were responding to as if it might be terrorist-related, Reuters reported.
"Police were called at 16:38 hrs ... to a number of reports of shots fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Crowds were seen running near the scene in a tweet sent by Associated Press employee Darren Zitren.
"Police have responded as if the incident is terrorist related. Armed and unarmed officers are on scene" the police added.
No casualties had been found so far, police said.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman contacted by AFP said the details of the incident were not known yet.
(AFP and Reuters)