Police have revealed that a reported fire near the top of Blackpool Tower was actually orange netting billowing in the wind.
Firefighters with six fire engines, a drone and a rope rescue team rushed to the iconic landmark on Thursday afternoon at around 2pm.
Members of the public were told to avoid the area amid the risk of “significant disruption”.
As well as Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Lancashire Police officers were also in attendance.
“We have six fire engines, the drone team and the rope rescue team currently in attendance at a fire on Promenade, Blackpool,” the fire service said.
“Please stay away from the area. The drone team are in operation so please do not fly drones in the area as you may obstruct emergency operations.”
But shortly after 4pm, Blackpool Police said its helicopter had flown over the tower and confirmed there was no fire.
“We are at the scene in support of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Blackpool Council and Merlin Entertainment,” a spokesperson said.
“The top of the tower is currently closed for renovation and difficult to access.
“We can confirm what can be seen is orange netting.
“One man has been arrested on suspicion of Breach of the Peace and is being transported to custody.”
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