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Explosive device made safe in Blanchardstown

The army bomb disposal team made safe a viable improvised explosive device in the Fortlawn Avenue area of Blanchardstown this morning.

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Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE DEFENCE FORCES were deployed to Fortlawn Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin at around 9.25am after a viable improvised explosive device (IED) was found by gardaí.

The IED was found outside a private residence, which had been cordoned off by gardaí and local residents were evacuated to a safe location.

The viable device was made safe in situ without the need for a controlled explosion. It was then removed to a secure military location for further examination.

The remains of the device have been handed over to the gardai to assist them with their investigations.

The scene was declared safe at 10.10am.

This is the 163rd callout and 76th viable IED dealt with by the army Bomb Disposal Teams so far this year.

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