GARDAI in Newcastle West evacuated up to 20 homes in the town last night after they received a report that a suspicious device had been placed on a car in the small Knightscourt estate on the west of the town.
The device, it was later discovered, could not have exploded.
A woman in the area, which is located on the Abbeyfeale Road, called the gardai about 6pm after she saw a “tall, thin” man place a device on the bottom rim of a car.
The EOD unit (the explosive ordnance disposal unit) arrived from Cork about 8pm and examined the scene. Inspector Brian O’Donovan, Newcastle West garda district, later explained that the device could not have exploded.
The gardai are now continuing their investigation into the incident. They are taking witness statements and examining CCTV footage in the area and the device has been sent for forensic testing.
Inspector O’Donovan appealed to witnesses to come forward, particularly anybody who was in the Cullinagh area between 5.30pm and 6.15pm on Wednesday evening.
The gardai are not offering any motive for the incident at the moment and say the owner of the car is at a loss to understand why it happened.
Inspector O’Donovan stressed that there was no link with a shooting incident in the town last August.
Anybody with information can contact the gardai in Newcastle West on 069-20650 or any garda station.