A bomb scare saw dozens of residents evacuated from their Deighton homes today.
Police were called to Hurstwood, Deighton, at noon following reports of a suspicious package at the location.
A box was found on top of a wall.
Residents were evacuated to Deighton Sports Arena while specialist bomb disposal squad officers assessed the package.
The soldiers were called in as a large safety cordon was thrown around the scene.
Dozens of motorists were diverted away from Keldregate and Warrenside.
The West Yorkshire Police helicopter hovered overhead.
Shortly after 4.15pm a loud bang was heard and within minutes, police had started opening up the roads.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said a controlled explosion had been carried out on the device, which was believed to not be of a suspicious nature."
Golcar removals man Simon Fitzpatrick was working in Deighton with his boss Stephen Taylor when he spotted the package on the wall.
He said he went to take a closer look and thought it looked odd.
He said: “It was a plastic Tupperware box with black gaffa tape and two wires hanging down the wall. All I could see was a piece of clear pipe sticking out and two wires hanging off it.”
Simon’s boss Stephen decided to report it to police, who cordoned off a large area.
Simon added: “I only just found out about the army. A friend called and said the bomb squad was there.
“It looked like a classic budget film bomb. I thought it was better to be safe than sorry.”
An eerie silence descended on the normally busy area in Keldregate with police stopping vehicles from driving any further than Warrenside.
Jasbant Singh, who owns a convenience store said: “I just heard sirens going off and everyone talking about it. I saw the bomb disposal people arrive and a police helicopter hovering overhead. I wondered what on earth was going on.”
At Deighton Sports Arena, residents who live close to the site where the package was found were given tea and biscuits while they waited anxiously to hear the latest news.
One middle-aged woman who didn’t want to be named, from Hurstwood said: “I have been here for two hours. The police came round and explained there was an incident and as a precaution to either go to relatives’ homes or come up here.
“They were wonderful and arranged transport for anyone who needed it. There were up to 30 people here at any one time. To be honest it made a dull Monday afternoon pass quicker than usual. It’s one of those things and you just have to accept it these days.”