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VIDEO: Garda station evacuated after man arrives with 'suspected pipe bomb'

Finglas Garda station in Dublin has been evacuated this afternoon after a man arrived at the station with a suspected pipe bomb.

The incident, which happened shortly before 3.30pm this afternoon, led to all gardai being evacuated from the station.

The army bomb disposal team have been called.

A cordon has been placed around the station.

It is understood that the man found the suspect device near his home and brought it to the garda station.

A source has said that early indications suggest that the device, which had wires sticking out of it, is viable.

It is not known at this stage if homes and businesses in the vicinity of the station are also to be evacuated.

Gardai said in a statement: "Shortly after 3pm a member of the public arrived at Finglas Garda Station with a suspicious device recovered near his home.

"As a precaution Gardaí have evacuated the building and put a cordon around the station.

"The Army EOD have been requested to attend the scene and local traffic diversions are in place."

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock praised the gardai and our defence forces.

Deputy Rock said: "Incidents such as this show the real and present danger that Gardaí and the army are facing every day.

"I understand the army are down on the scene now and hopefully everybody emerges safe and unharmed.

"It’s important that members of the public know that this isn’t the safest way to handle this sort of incident.

"If you find a device you believe to be explosive, that you contact the gardaí in the first instance.”

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