THE ARMY Bomb Disposal Unit has carried out a controlled explosion on a viable explosive device in Co Limerick this afternoon.
The Defence Forces deployed the unit to Five Crosses Road in Rathkeale, in the west of the county, following a Garda request this morning.
The area had been cordoned off by Gardaí, with local residents evacuated.
A controlled explosion was carried out and the remains of the device were handed over to Gardaí to assist in further investigation.
The scene was declared safe at about 3pm.
The call-out marked the 123rd time that the bomb squad has been summoned this year.