Bomb squad called to suspicious item
Florence Road homes evacuated as 'device' is examined
The bomb squad was called to Bray on Wednesday afternoon as gardai had discovered a suspicious item on Florence Road.
A section of the street was sealed off for around two hours from approximately 3 p.m. After the item was examined by the explosive ordnance disposal unit (EOD), it was found to be harmless and taken apart.
The potential 'device' had been discovered in the front garden some days earlier. The homeowner who found the item thought that someone may have dropped part of an art or science project. She picked it up and placed it on the wall.
The item was slightly larger than a tin of beans, wrapped in paper, and with what looked somewhat like wires attached.
Gardaí subsequently were alerted to the suspicious item. They informed the army and sealed off either end of the section of Florence Road, stretching from Wyndham Park to Adelaide Road.
They also evacuated the area. They knocked on the doors of residents and instructed them to leave their homes.
One elderly resident who was advised to leave said that she didn't mind too much, and went for a cup of tea nearby with a friend to wait for the conclusion of the incident.
Others had some concerns about having left animals behind in the houses.
Bus routes were disrupted for the duration of the operation, with buses en-route from Bray station diverted.
It is not believed that the incident was instigated as a malicious hoax.