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Galway farmer unearths 50-year-old explosives while digging drainage

An army bomb disposal team safely detonated the explosives.

Image: Irish Defence Forces via Flickr

AN ARMY BOMB disposal team was called to a farm in Galway today after 5kg of commercial explosives was found.

The explosives were discovered by a farmer who was carrying out drainage on a piece of land outside the villiage of Leenaun this afternoon.

He contacted gardaí who called in the Defence Forces and a team was on the scene by 12.30pm. They safely detonated the explosives which were estimated to be at least 50 years old.

The scene was declared safe at 2pm. The Defences Forces have advised members of the public who find such materials to keep a safe distance and inform gardaí immediately.

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