Hundreds of residents were forced into the streets while a bomb disposal unit was used to carry out a search linked to the Manchester terror attack.
Dozens of homes were evacuated as a precaution while police searched a property in Wigan as part of the ongoing probe of the suicide bombing which left 22 dead and more than 100 injured.
Residents gathered in the streets as police set up a large cordon around the terraced house in Springfield Street.
The bomb disposal unit returned to the address last night so experts could examine "potentially suspicious items" that were found during the ongoing search.
The cordon was lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes about two hours after the police robot arrived.