A SECTION of Limerick city centre has been closed off after a pipe bomb was found in an apartment.
Four people – two men and two women – were arrested this morning after the explosive device was found in the residence in Cecil Street by gardai.
A large section of Cecil Street – from the junction at Catherine Street to Dominic Street – has been sealed off while gardai await the arrival of the army’s ordnance explosive disposal team.
The four arrested people, who are aged in their 20s and 30s, are being questioned by officers at Henry Street and Roxboro Road garda stations.
It is understood that today’s discovery is part of follow-up investigations after two pipe bombs were found on the outskirts of the city alongside a halting site last Wednesday.
The viable explosives were found in a laneway alongside the halting site in the Castletroy area.
Last Tuesday, gardai in Clare discovered a pipe bomb in a house in Tulla.
The discovery was made after a 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were stopped in a car by gardai and shotgun cartridges and drugs paraphernalia were found.
One theory gardai are investigating is whether the arrested 22-year-old had recently begun to manufacture pipe bombs.
On January 6 last, four pipe bombs which were found in a derelict house were made safe in Dundalk.
The army’s ordnance explosive disposal team were last year called to deal with 96 incidents of improvised explosive devices.