Published Tuesday, 01 July 2014
Army bomb squad at the scene of the alert. (© Kevin Scott)
It was found at about 12.45pm on Tuesday in the area known as Ardoyne shops.
Police and the army bomb squad attended the scene and declared the object a hoax.
The Crumlin Road, which was closed due to the operation, has now reopened.
A number of homes were also evacuated for a time.
North Belfast DUP MLA William Humphrey said a local shopkeeper had found the item on the roof of his premises.
A police spokesman later said: "Following further examination, police believe the elaborate hoax object left at the Ardoyne shopfronts may have been left in the area for a considerable period of time."
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