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Explosive device made safe in Athy

The area was cordoned off and some local resident were evacuated until the device was made safe by the Army Bomb Disposal Team.

File photo.
File photo.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

AN ARMY BOMB Disposal Team made safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Athy last night.

The Defence Forces deployed a team to a residential area near the Carlow Road in Athy following a request from Gardaí.

The area had been cordoned off by the Gardaí and some local residents had to be evacuated for their own safety during the operation.

The team arrived on scene at 11.15pm and examined the device which was located near a vehicle outside a private residence. The viable device was then rendered safe in situ by means of controlled explosion and the remains of the device were handed over to the Gardaí to assist with their investigations.

The scene was declared safe at 1.20am and the team returned to base.

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