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Hoax explosive device in Coolock housing estate

A controlled explosion was carried out on the suspected pipe bomb, but on inspection it turned out to be non-viable.

Moatview Avenue, Coolock
Moatview Avenue, Coolock
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THE ARMY BOMB squad were called to a housing estate in Coolock, north Dublin, last night after a suspect device was discovered on a footpath outside a house on Moatview Avenue.

The alarm was raised at around 9.15pm. Gardaí sealed off the area and a number of houses nearby were evacuated.

Defence Forces explosives experts soon arrived at the scene, and a decision was made to carry out a controlled explosion.

However, upon examination of the component parts it was found the device was not a viable bomb, a Defence Forces spokesperson confirmed to

The all-clear was given at around 11pm and householders were allowed back inside.

The parts were taken from the scene by the bomb squad, and will now be handed over to gardaí as part of their investigation.

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