Calgary police have destroyed a suspicious package that was near Chinook Centre on Monday morning.

Officers were called to the 5900 block of 1A Street S.W. shortly after 8:00 a.m.

Residents were warned to stay away from the area and police closed the street between 60 Avenue and 59 Avenue and 3 and 1A Street S.W.

Several buildings in the area were also evacuated while the operation was underway.

“It appeared to be a pipe bomb with lots of tape and made out of metal, what we thought was metal, so we cordoned the area off, evacuated the people, and brought the Tactical Unit explosive technicians down to investigate,” said Glenn Laird, CPS Acting Inspector.

Police detonated the package shortly after 12:30 p.m.

“The bomb techs were able to do a disruption on this suspicious package, this device, and we were able to determine that it wasn’t an IED, it wasn’t explosive, but it looked like one so it was either a hoax or a make-shift weapon that was dumped by someone before we found it,” said Laird.

There is no word on how the package came to be in the area.