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Bomb squad deals with viable device in Co Wicklow

The Army Bomb Disposal Unit is called to deal with a viable device in Newtownmountkennedy, while a hoax device is removed in Dublin.

Image: [File photo] Brian O'Leary/Photocall Ireland

THE ARMY BOMB Disposal Team was called to deal with a viable explosive device in a Co Wicklow town earlier today.

The team was deployed to Sycamore Drive in Newtownmountkennedy in response to a request by the Gardaí, and arrived on scene at 3.20pm.

The device, which was identified as viable, was made safe and removed to a military installation for further examination.

The scene was declared safe at 4:15pm, and the device was later handed back to Gardaí for their investigations.

In a separate incident, an Army Bomb Team carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect device in a hedgerow off St Laurence’s Road, Ballyfermot this evening.

The device, which was located under the N4, was subsequently declared to be a hoax.

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The incidents mark the 187th and 188th times that the Army Bomb Disposal Units have been dispatched so far in 2011.

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