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Thursday 20 July 2017

Army bomb disposal unit deployed to South Dublin housing estate over 'pipe bomb'

Cabinteely Green, Co. Dublin. Bomb disposal robot at work.
Cabinteely Green, Co. Dublin. Bomb disposal robot at work.
Cabinteely Green, Co. Dublin. Bomb disposal robot at work.
Cabinteely Green, Co. Dublin. Bomb disposal at work.

Alan O'Keeffe

Army bomb disposal experts went to a South Dublin housing estate following reports of the discovery of a suspected pipe-bomb.

A large number of gardai, some of whom were armed,  sealed off  Cabinteely Green at Meadow Vale in Cabinteely.

A suspected pipe bomb device was reportedly found about a house in the area. The device was placed in the middle of the green area.

"A call was received by gardai at 3.40pm," said a garda, who confirmed army experts were despatched to the scene.

A six-wheel robot vehicle operated by military personnel travelled across the green area. It relayed a film image of the device to experts in an army truck nearby.

Sections of Cabinteely Avenue and Cabinteely Crescent were closed to all traffic and pedestrians during the incident.

Cabinteely Green, Co. Dublin. Bomb disposal robot at work.
Cabinteely Green, Co. Dublin. Bomb disposal robot at work.

"Children were playing on the green just this afternoon. If it's a real bomb, that it's very scary," said a 49-year-old mother-of-three.

"There are a lot of children living in this area.  People have been disrupted from going to shops and play dates," she said.

An 18-year-old local woman said the device was "really small" and "looked like a stick."

The operation lasted almost three hours as army personnel worked to ensure the device was made safe.

Shortly before 7pm the device was declared a hoax, gardai confirmed the device did not contain any viable components.

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