PSNI declares explosive device viable after calling it a hoax

Object found on Belfast’s Springfield Road had been declared a fake after security alert

A suspicious object was found on the Springfield Road (general view above) in west Belfast. After a lengthy security alert police declared the item a hoax, but later recanted. File photograph: Google Street View

A suspicious object was found on the Springfield Road (general view above) in west Belfast. After a lengthy security alert police declared the item a hoax, but later recanted. File photograph: Google Street View

 

A suspicious object found in Belfast in Thursday which was originally thought to have been an elaborate hoax was actually a viable explosive device, police have said.

The object was found on the Springfield Road in west Belfast. After a lengthy security alert, police declared the item a hoax.

However, on Friday police changed their position, explaining that further detailed examination had determined the device was viable.

Further searches were conducted by officers in the Springfield Road area on Friday morning, and additional evidence relating to the investigation was recovered and removed for forensic examination.

PSNI Det Insp Paul Rowland said: “I would like to reassure the public that the items recovered today did not, at any stage, pose a risk to the public.

“There are people who will know information about those responsible for this device and I would appeal for them to come forward and speak to police.”

Press Association