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Pipebomb could have killed trick or treaters -- TD

A PIPEBOMB left on the doorstep of a Dublin house "could have killed trick or treat children", it was claimed today.

Garda are investigating the motive behind the terrifying package that was dropped outside a west Dublin house on Saturday night.

Members of the Army Bomb Disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on the device in the Griffeen Glen Dene estate in Lucan.

Local TD Derek Keating described the incident as a "sinister act".



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He said that it would be dangerous at any time but "to be used at this time of year when young people are more likely to be out in the dark at Halloween is a major threat to life".

In a separate incident on Saturday night, a device exploded on Cappagh Road in Finglas.

Gardai later confirmed that the device was a firework and that no-one was harmed and no property was damaged in the incident.

However it marked the 167th call-out for the Army EOD team this year.

Some 78 of those emergencies involved viable explosive devices.

The army bomb disposal team conducted a post-blast analysis of the device and declared the scene safe yesterday.

The Lucan incident occurred around 9pm on Saturday. Residents were evacuated for a time following the discovery and the scene was cordoned off.

Officers decided to carry out a controlled explosion after discovering that the device was viable.

Deputy Keating said that the estate where the device was found is relatively new and is home to lots of children and teenagers, who could have been seriously injured.

There has never been any trouble in the estate before, he said. "This could have had deadly consequences, so it is important for everybody to be extra vigilant," he added.



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"This sinister act any time is a major threat to society but to be used at this time of year when young people are more likely to be out in the dark at Halloween is a major threat to life."

A Defence Forces spokeswoman said the remains of the pipebomb were handed over to gardai to assist with investigations and the scene was declared safe.

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