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Member of public brings viable artillery shell to garda station

The device was made safe by the Defence Forces late last night.

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TRIM GARDA STATION in Co Meath had to be evacuated last night after a member of the public brought in an explosive device.

Gardaí immediately notified the Defence Forces who attended  at 11.45pm. The World War I/War of Independence era artillery shell was cordoned off away from the station.

A Defence Forces spokesperson said the device was viable. Artillery shells like this one can become even more dangerous over time.

The device was taken away by the bomb disposal team and taken apart at a secure location.

This is the second reported incidence this month of a member of the public bringing an explosive to a garda station and the public is being urged not to touch any suspect devices and to call either gardaí of the Defence Forces.

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