Police Scotland said their officers were carrying out an operation in the Robroyston area of the city on Friday morning when they fired vehicle tyre deflation rounds to stop a car.
Fears were sparked when online reports suggested “shots” had been heard near to a supermarket where a man was shot dead in a gangland attack in 2010.
The police said in a statement: “Around 10.55am Police Scotland officers carried out an intelligence-led operation in the Robroyston area of Glasgow.
“As part of the operation, vehicle tyre deflation rounds were discharged directly into vehicle tyres.
“This is a recognised and practised tactic which is used specifically to disable a vehicle and was deployed in order to reduce any potential wider impact to the public and to maximise their safety.
“As a result, and in line with the routine procedure, this incident will be referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner for review.
“Enquiries are continuing at this time. No-one was injured or hurt as part of the operation.”
No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Glasgow gangster Kevin “Gerbil” Carroll was shot dead in the Asda car park in January 2010.
William Paterson is serving a minimum of 22 years in jail after being convicted of his murder.