Viable explosive device made safe in Dublin

Several houses evacuated in Ballymun after device discovered last night

File image of a member of the bomb disposal team. Photograph: Defence Forces/Flickr

File image of a member of the bomb disposal team. Photograph: Defence Forces/Flickr

Thu, Jul 17, 2014, 12:40

A viable explosive device was made safe by the Defence forces in Ballymun, Dublin last night.

Several houses were evacuated in the Hazelwood area and a cordon and road closures were put in place by gardaí after the suspect device was discovered.

The army bomb disposal team arrived at 9.11pm and made the device safe without controlled explosion. The army declared the scene safe at 9.55pm.

The army took it to a military location for further testing and confirmed that it was a viable improvised explosive device (IED).

The investigation into the incident will be continued by gardaí. All component parts and items of an evidential nature will be handed over to the gardaí to assist them with their investigation into the incident.