Flour poured for a running route sparked a major emergency response in Glasgow on Monday afternoon. 

Fire engines, police and a hazmat support unit attended Bellwood Street in the Shawlands area after the discovery of a "white powder" outside flats at around 2pm. 

The area including nearby Tantallon Road was taped off with a police diversion put in place for vehicles, while pedestrians were redirected by fire crews. 

The Herald: Emergency services at the sceneEmergency services at the scene (Image: The Herald)

A scientific analysis unit investigated the substance and found it not to be harmful, police said. 

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 2pm on Monday, 20 November, police and emergency services attended Bellwood Street, Shawlands following the discovery of an unknown substance outside flats.

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"As a precaution, a cordon was put in place along with a number of local road closures. 

"Enquiries established the substance was not harmful and the closures and cordon have been lifted."

Parents from nearby Langside Primary School received a text saying the substance was a "flour based product" which had been put down for a running route. 

The text said: "Sorry for the disruption to today's dismissal. Police and fire service took precautions to ensure everyone's safety when a suspicious white powder was found on local pavements.

"They have confirmed there is and was no risk to the children as this was a flour based product that had been put down for a running route. The road and pavements are now open again."