ARMED police rushed to a Rishton street on Sunday night following reports of a man threatening his ex-girlfriend with a gun.
The armed response unit was called out to the Chapel Street area at around 10.55pm after residents reported hearing two shots being fired and a woman contacted her mother for help.
The street was cordoned off for around 90 minutes but the man eventually came out of the house by himself and was arrested.
Resident Mark Harling, who lives nearby, saw the drama unfold from his bedroom window. He said: "I was woken up by the sound of the police radios outside."
"There were two WPCs with guns standing in the street. I just wondered what was going on. I thought it had something to do with Al-Qaeda."
"I saw a man come out of the house and the police told him to walk over to a car."
"They had torches and they were pointing their guns towards him. They put handcuffs on him and took him away."
Mr Harling, who is a professional golfer at Accrington Golf Club, added: "It was shocking to see something like this going on because this is a quiet area. One of my neighbours was coming home but the police told her to wait until the area was safe."
Inspector Steve Haworth said a subsequent search of the man's house uncovered a blank firing handgun, two Samurai swords, a curved blade and a pair of nunchakus.
He said: "It was an incident between the man and his ex-girlfriend."
"He had left that address and we traced him to an address where he was on his own."
"We brought in negotiators and the armed response team and he subsquently came out of the house."
- A 25-year-old man was eventually released with a police caution following the incident.