A reported “explosion” inside Murrayfield Stadium yesterday was part of security exercise, rugby bosses have confirmed.
Residents living near the venue heard what they described as a “big boom” from inside and reported smoke overhead.
But the home of Scottish Rugby later confirmed that the blast was nothing to worry about and was part of a “security resilience test”.
The venue must take part in annual safety and security briefings to earn necessary safety certifications.
However, the Evening News understands that this is the first time a controlled explosion has been carried out inside the stadium.
Members of the emergency services including police and the fire service were all at the event.
A spokesman for the venue said: “This was part of a pre-planned safety exercise.
“We went through a number of different scenarios and this [loud bang] was a demonstration.
“Emergency services were informed in advance to test a multi-agency response to different [security and safety] scenarios as a test our resilience.”