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The device pictured at the scene of at Ferrycarrig Park last night. 
Photo: Colin O'Riordan

The device pictured at the scene of at Ferrycarrig Park last night. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

The device pictured at the scene of at Ferrycarrig Park last night. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

THE army bomb squad has dealt with a viable pipe bomb in a teabag box in a north Dublin suburb, two days after another device exploded nearby.

Gardai found the explosive device after stopping and searching an 18-year-old man.

The device was hidden in a box and officers immediately moved to seal off the area in Ferrycarrig Park in Coolock shortly before 7pm.

A hammer was also discovered during the course of what gardai have discovered as an "ongoing investigations into criminal activity in the Coolock area".

A large area of Ferrycarrig was cordoned off as the army bomb squad X-rayed the device.

"The Defence Forces deployed the Team in response to a request from the Gardai Siochana after a suspect device was recovered by the gardai in Ferrycarrig Park, Priorswood, Dublin," said a spokesperson.

"The Team arrived on scene at 7.20pm and the device was rendered safe without the need for a controlled explosion."

The device was subsequently taken to a safe military location for further examination.

All component parts have now been handed over to the gardai to assist them with their investigation. The scene was declared safe at 7.45pm.

The young man was arrested and taken to Coolock garda station where he was being questioned today under the provisions of section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 as mended.

On Monday night a pipe bomb exploded at a house on nearby Ferrycarrig Road, shattering the glass in a door.

Neighbours said the occupants of the house were in "a terrible state" following the shocking attack.

Last night's device is thought to be linked to a local gang. "Tensions are very high in the Coolock area at the moment," said a senior source.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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