SEVERAL families had to flee their homes in Dublin late last night after a viable bomb was found outside a house.
The incident happened on Plunkett Drive, Finglas, just before midnight.
Gardai evacuated a number of houses on the road until the bomb squad made the device safe.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit arrived on scene at around half-past midnight and examined the device which was located outside a house.
Residents in nearby properties confirmed they were evacuated from their homes but said they had no idea why the bomb had been placed near their home.
"We got a knock at the door from the guards telling us we had to leave the house because there was some sort of pipe bomb. We were out for about an hour but because the weather was so cold most people went to friends or family," said one man.
"There was no explosion or anything. Somebody must have spotted something and rang 999," they added.
The viable device was made safe at the site by the bomb squad without the need for a controlled explosion.
It was then removed to a secure military location for further examination.
The remains of the device have been handed over to the Gardai to assist with their investigations.
The scene was declared safe at 1.35am.
This was the 199th callout so far this year for the bomb squad, and brings to 93 the number of viable improvised explosive devices dealt with by the Army Bomb Disposal Teams so far in 2012.