POLICE were called to a firearms incident after a male was spotted with a long-barreled gun.
Armed response officers and a dog handler was sent to Upper Northgate Street near fountains roundabout about 9pm on Wednesday .
A member of the public had reported seeing a male firing the weapon just off the street.
Cheshire police spokesman PC Jason Murray said officers spoke to a male who was in possession of what turned out to be a long-barreled ball bearing gun.
PC Murray said the 25-year-old male was not arrested but was given verbal advice about his actions and the gun was confiscated.
PC Murray said it was illegal to discharge a weapon in a public place without a licence. It appeared the man had been testing the gun and there was no suggestion he had been aiming at anyone.
Police closed off one half of the carriageway, close to Northgate Church, for about an hour as they resolved the situation.
PC Murray understood the concern from the person who reported the incident as the ball bearing gun may have looked like a real gun. A precautionary approach had been adopted by police.