Armed police believed they were responding to a firearms incident when they descended on a Dinnington street in huge numbers.
South Yorkshire Police finally confirmed this week the nature of the call which led them to swoop on Doe Quarry Lane.
But they could not go into more detail, as a 43-year-old man is still on bail over the incident.
Residents watched on in shock as around a dozen police vehicles pulled up on the street at around 7.45pm on Thursday 29th May.
They had earlier been seen getting their kit on outside the Co-op store on Outgang Lane, Laughton.
One witness said they had been ‘all over the common’.
Another eyewitness said: “It was quite a shock to see all the police cars turn up.”
“There were loads of people out in the street watching.”
“All we heard was that two people were arrested afterwards.”
“We still don’t know what happened.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Two people - a 43-year-old Dinnington man and a 20-year-old man from North Anston - were later arrested for wasting police time.”
“The Dinnington man is on police bail until next month, pending further enquiries, while the other man was released due to insufficient evidence.”