RESIDENTS HAD TO be evacuated from their homes in Kildare late last night as Army Bomb Disposal Team carried out a controlled explosion on a viable improvised explosive device (IED).
The IED was found in a built-up area in Rathangan late last night with a Defence Forces bomb disposal team requested to attend the scene.
Local residents were evacuated to a safe location and the area was cordoned off by Gardaí prior to the Defence Forces team arriving on the scene at 11.30pm.
Following examination of the device it was found to be viable and it was made safe by way of a controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 1.45am.
The remains of the device were handed over to Gardaí and an investigation is under way.