Lexington Avenue between 26th Street and 27th Street is back to normal after the intersection had a large police and fire presence early Monday afternoon.
Police say that the tire of a hand truck exploded in the lobby of a building on Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill.
Police say parts of the tire landed on a piece of art being delivered nearby, which confused people into thinking a package had exploded.
Police and fire personnel, and even a bomb squad, initially rushed to the scene amid reports of a possible explosion, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
Fire officials said there were no injuries.
Sources on scene told NY1 that the huge response shows how prepared the city for any emergency.