Investigations underway following discovery of pipe-bomb in County Limerick village

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

GARDA investigations are continuing following the discovery of a pipe-bomb in the village of Croom last evening.

GARDA investigations are continuing following the discovery of a pipe-bomb in the village of Croom last evening.

The alarm was raised shortly after 4pm when the device was discovered by local man David Fitzgerald who was clearing a ditch on a laneway to the rear of the local Spar store and Ulster Bank.

It is understood the device, which was filled with nails and other shrapnel, was hidden in undergrowth and may have been disturbed during recent works in the area.

After local gardai conducted an initial examination of the device, a large area in the centre of the village was immediately sealed off.

The Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team based at Collins Barrack in Cork was requested by gardai and arrived at the scene shortly after 7pm.

“A member of the public alerted his local gardai and when they arrived they were concerned with what they saw,” said Insp Eamon O’Neill.

A number of cars were removed from the immediate area as a precaution and the main street of the village was closed to traffic for a number of hours afterwards.

Access to a number of private houses and an apartment complex in the village was also restricted until the all clear was declared after 8pm.

The device, which was made safe by the explosive ordinance disposal unit was handed over to gardai last night for forensic examinations. A spokesperson for the defence forces confirmed the device was a pipe-bomb but that it was not viable.

The pipe-bomb was handed over to gardai and will be sent to Garda Headquarters for forensic analysis.