Five people arrested on suspicion of possessing a gun when armed police swooped on a quiet Thornton street have been released without charge.
Firearms officers sealed off Rydal Avenue at 9.30pm on Tuesday after residents heard “seven or eight” bangs coming from a home on the street.
Neighbours were told to keep their children inside, and others locked their doors as officers arrested the four men and one woman, and recovered a starter pistol.
Three 20-year-old men, a 19-year-old man, and a 21-year-old woman were all arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.
Two of those arrested - the 19-year-old man and 20-year-old - were also arrested on suspicion of being in possession of cannabis.
However, all of them have now been released after being questioned by police.
Neighbours living next to where armed police arrested the five have described how they locked themselves in their homes.
Grandmother of two Emma Carruthers, 50, said: “We were talking and watching TV when we heard the bangs, and it was loud enough for us to stop what we were doing and go outside.
“I was in the street and a policeman told me to take my granddaughter inside.
“After that three police cars came round and parked next to the house, and wouldn’t let anyone out the street.
“There was a policeman in my garden waiting in case they came out the back.
“It was worrying because I had young children in here and I didn’t know what was going on.”
Mum-of-two Rebecca Owen, of Coniston Avenue, added: “I heard about seven or eight gun shots then locked the doors.
“I was scared.
“You don’t expect this around here, but I watch too much TV so I locked everything straight away.”