Warrington petrol station burglary explosives scare
Explosives experts were mobilised and 17 homes evacuated following a burglary at a petrol station in Warrington.
Police called to reports of a burglary at the premises on Chester Road at 01:30 put a 100m (330ft) cordon in place after finding a strong smell.
The roof of the building had been significantly damaged and an ATM machine tampered with, officers said.
Residents were allowed to return home at 08:00.
They were put up in a nearby hotel for the night.
Police said they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the burglary.