Explosive device found near Brussels shopping mall believed to be a hoax

Belgian police have cordoned off a large portion of the downtown area

Brussels Airport, reopened, Zaventem, Belgium, terror attacks

Belgian police and soldiers secure the area outside Zaventem Airport in Brussels | Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP/Press Association Images

An earlier security threat on a main shopping thoroughfare in Brussels has come to an end.

The City2 Mall was evacuated and the Rogier metro closed as Police dealt with a bomb threat.

It is now believed to have been a hoax.

It comes as the airport opens it's door for the first time since two blasts killed 32 people 12 days ago.

A minute's silence was held and three flights will take off throughout the course of the evening.