Army bomb experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious object in south Belfast.
It was found at about 2120 BST Sunday night at Cadogan Park close to Lisburn Road PSNI station.
A police spokesperson said it was a hoax object which had deliberately been made to look like a viable device.
A number of business premises were evacuated and a number of roads cordoned off during the alert which lasted until about 2400 BST.
SDLP MLA for the area Conall McDevitt said the alert had caused "significant disruption" for businesses on Lisburn Road.
He added: "Bars, restaurants and businesses have all had to shut down and evacuate their premises at a time when they really cannot afford to do so.
"Those who set out to cause this havoc will be rejected by the local people here who enjoy a good relationship with the local police service."