Package 'containing clothes' shuts down Princes Street
Shoppers and workers were evacuated from buildings after package found at the Halifax.
Princes Street in Edinburgh was closed after a suspicious package was found at the Halifax bank.
Police later said the package contained clothing and posed no threat to the public.
In a separate incident, Glasgow University evacuated its Dumfries campus after a suspicious package was discovered, a day after a controlled explosion at the institution in Glasgow.
Workers and shoppers were evacuated from various buildings in the west end of Princes Street, including Waterstones and Sports Direct.
A police cordon was erected and the road completely closed in both directions.
The bomb squad were called after the package was discovered inside the Halifax at around 12.30pm on Thursday. They stood down around two hours later as police lifted the cordon.
One witness at the scene told STV News "there were police everywhere".
They added: "I've never seen such a large number of police in one place in my life, especially in Edinburgh."
It came after a controlled explosion took place on a package sent to Glasgow University on Wednesday.
Police are linking that package to three devices found in London the previous day.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in Edinburgh received a report of a suspicious package having been delivered to Halifax on Princes Street around 12.30pm on Thursday, March 7.
"The building, and neighbouring properties, were evacuated and a cordon was established as a precaution while the item was assessed by the EOD.
"The package was found to contain clothing, posing no risk to the public. Local businesses and residents are thanked for their co-operation during this time."