“I condemn those behind this hoax device in the strongest possible terms,” said Councillor McAllister.
“This came during morning rush hour, when the Whitewell Road usually sees a large volume of traffic. Instead this morning, residents, businesses and commuters were all inconvenienced, as well as having a drain put on public resources to deal with it.
“Local people do not want this disruption to their lives, which achieves nothing, and I urge those behind it to rethink their actions. I urge anyone with information on this incident to contact police immediately so those responsible can be caught.”