Army Bomb Disposal Team Makes Safe Viable Improvised Explosive Device.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a viable improvised explosive device in Ashbourne County Meath in the early hours of this morning.

The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team to a private residence near the Dublin Road in Ashbourne, County Meath following a request from the Gardai.

The Team arrived on scene at 12.45am and made safe the improvised explosive device which was found near a vehicle. A cordon was put in place by the Gardai and no controlled explosion was carried out. The scene was declared safe at 2.20am.

The device was removed to a safe military location for further forensic exploitation and technical examination after which it was confirmed as being viable. The components have now been handed over to the Gardai.

This is the seventeenth call out of a Bomb Disposal Team this year and the sixth involving viable IEDs.

Other types of callouts would include conventional munition destruction such as old artillery shells discovered by members of the public, unstable chemicals and also suspect devices found to be hoaxes.

Read more about the Defence Forces Bomb Disposal Teams

Press Release Date:  28 January, 2012

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