Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on an item that was discovered on Annandale Street earlier today.
Emergency services were alerted after the item, which turned out to pose no risk, just before midday after the item was found lying in the street.
Cordons were erected and houses were evacuated.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police in Edinburgh were called to Annandale Street around 11.50am on Friday 1st March following a report of a suspicious item. A cordon was established as precaution while the EOD carried out an assessment of this.
“The item was found not to pose any risk to the public and the community are thanked for their co-operation.
“Enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances surrounding this item and anyone with concerns can speak to a local officer or contact Police Scotland on 101.”