Gardaí foiled a suspected gangland hit when they seized firearms from a car in north Dublin yesterday.
The two loaded handguns were found in a BMW car that was forced off the road by the gardaí's heavily armed Emergency Response Unit.
Two men were arrested following the drama on Clonshaugh Avenue on the city's northside.
"There were armed gardaí, guns drawn, running towards the vehicle, screaming at the occupants to get out of the car," said one onlooker.
"It was like something out of a war zone. I've never witnessed anything like it, there were guns everywhere."
The massive operation was the result of a major surveillance operation by the gardaí's Organised Crime Unit. Gardaí fear that the firearms could have been used in an imminent gangland hit.
"It was all very quiet, like it normally is on the road, when all hell broke lose. This car was driving up the road and out of nowhere a jeep swerved in front to block of the car," said a local man.
"Then a load of undercover and marked cars showed up, it was well organised because they were there in a flash.
"They took the driver out of the car and put him in handcuffs."
Simultaneously, a van was stopped on Clonshaugh Road and another man was arrested.
The two men, aged 39 and 44 years, were taken to Coolock Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939.