Parts of a Napier suburb were cordoned off on Wednesday after a member of the public reported seeing gang members in the area with firearms.
Police said a caller reported just before 10am on Wednesday that he had seen a carload of Mongrel Mob members carrying firearms pull up at a house in Nuffield Avenue in Maraenui.
The Armed Offenders Squad was called in and houses in Nuffield Avenue and nearby Williams Street were searched, as was a car.
Police say nothing was found and the AOS was stood down.
People in one of the houses were told to leave during the incident, but have now been allowed to return.