Roads around a Highland primary school have reopened after hundreds of pupils were evacuated this morning because of a suspected gas leak.
Around 420 pupils and 90 staff were evacuated from Merkinch Primary School by firefighters shortly before 11am.
Roads surrounding the school have now reopened after a cordon was put in place earlier today.
Engineers are currently on scene to assess the situation with pupils sent home for the remainder of the day.
It is believed the evacuation took place in good faith following the raising of a false alarm.
Two fire crews from Inverness were dispatched to the scene after receiving the call at 10.57am.
A fire spokeswoman said: “Nine personnel, two fire crews from Inverness and two officers are at the scene. We evacuated 420 pupils and 90 staff.”
Scottish Gas arrived at the scene at 11.33am and is understood to have begun conducting a thorough survey of the kitchen area of the property.
Police officers were also on hand to evacuate surrounding properties as emergency services continue to deal with the incident.
A police spokesman said the evacuations of neighbouring properties were being conducted as a “safety precaution” but stressed no-one had been injured as a result.
Various roads surrounding the city school had been closed off.