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Monday 27 March 2017

19th Century grenade and commercial dynamite rendered safe by army bomb disposal teams today

A bomb disposal operator with a HOBO robot - a sophisticated bomb disposal robot. Photo: Irish Defence Forces
A bomb disposal operator with a HOBO robot - a sophisticated bomb disposal robot. Photo: Irish Defence Forces

Geraldine Gittens

Army Bomb Disposal teams were tasked twice today to render safe explosive historical items in Dunhill, Co Waterford and Inistioge, Co Kilkenny.

A suspect device was found by a member of the public at Smoor, a rural location near the R681 outside Dunhill, Co Waterford.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on scene at 11 am and the device, which was found to be commercial dynamite left there for some time, was made safe at the scene by controlled explosion.

The scene was declared safe at 11.40 pm.

Meanwhile, a suspect device was found by a member of the public in the rural Tullogher area of Inistogue, Co Kilkenny.

The team arrived on scene at 3.45 pm and the item, an early 19th Century Mills Type Grenade, was made safe by a controlled explosion.

Members of the public can report sitings of such items, from a safe distance and un-disturbed, to gardaí who may request Defence Forces assistance if required.

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