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Discovery of vintage grenade on Clare farm sparks road closure

Earlier today another suspect device was found in Ballina, Co Mayo.

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Updated Jun 10th 2019, 8:20 PM

THE DISCOVERY OF a vintage grenade on a farm in Clare prompted gardaí to close a road today.

Gardaí were alerted to the discovery at around 11am after the device was discovered in Knock in the west of the county.

The road between Killimer and Knockerra was closed as a precautionary measure because the shed where the grenade was found was located close to a local road.

The Army’s Explosives Ordnance Disposal Team travelled to the scene and safely removed the device in a secure container.

It was a busy day for bomb disposal experts as a suspect device was also found in Ballina, Co Mayo. 

The army bomb disposal team and gardaí were tasked to investigate the item and arrived on scene at 7.30am this morning. 

On arrival, a cordon was established and nearby buildings were evacuated for the duration of the operation. 

One device was identified and made safe. It has been removed for further examination. 

The scene was declared safe at 11am. 

Members of the public who encounter suspicious items or hazardous substances are advised to maintain a safe distance and inform gardaí. 

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