A terrorism scare that prompted German authorities to seal off a hotel in the eastern city of Leipzig was caused by a prank call from Austria, police said Tuesday.
Entrances and exits to the Fuerstenhof hotel in the city centre had been sealed off after an unidentified caller issued a terrorist threat over the phone at about 2:50 am (0050 GMT).
But police later learned that the call had been made by adolescents using a mobile phone registered in Austria.
"We are ending our police operation and are taking a breath," police wrote on Twitter.
Authorities had chosen not to evacuate the hotel, but conducted searches of the building and its perimeter with machine guns and sniffer dogs.