A viable improvised explosive device sparked a security operation in a street in the densely populated Sandy Row area of south Belfast yesterday.
The device was discovered in the Blythe Street area of south Belfast close to many family homes.
The home-made explosive device was later rendered safe after intervention by Army technical officers.
A PSNI spokesperson said suspicious objects were found in the area earlier on Friday evening and an "improvised viable explosive device" had been made safe and taken away from the loyalist area, which comprises narrow streets of densely packed terraced housing.
A police spokesperson said last night that the security alert was over.
The suspicious device has been taken away for further examination by PSNI forensic experts.
It's understood that no homes had to be evacuated during the security operation and that the roads are open to traffic as normal.