A police spokesman said officers received a report of concern for a person in Birnies Court of a man throwing various items from a property to the ground below.
Eye-witnesses said that four police cars and an ambulance were at the scene of the incident.
Pictures taken by the Evening News show various items of wooden furniture, a hoover handle and a glass bottle among the debris.
The police spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh received a report of concern for a person in the Muirhouse area of the city at around 11.30am on Tuesday 2nd April.
“When officers arrived at an address in Birnies Court, a male was throwing various items from the property, to the ground below.
“Officers engaged with this individual and the matter was resolved peacefully at around 12.45pm.
“The man has been taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for assessment.”
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