Army Bomb Disposal Team Renders Viable Improvised Device Safe.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered a viable improvised explosive device (IED) safe in Tullamore, County Offaly this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the team in response to a request from Gardaí­, who had located a suspicious device during a search operation in an industrial unit.  

The Team arrived on scene shortly after 1pm, examined the IED in location and rendered it safe. The area was cordoned off and there was no requirement for a controlled explosion.

The scene was declared safe at 1.45pm and the the Team returned to base. The IED has been removed for further technical examination and exploitation in a secure military location. All items of an an evidential nature will be handed over to Gardaí­ to assist them in their enquiries.

This is the twenty first call out of an Army Bomb Disposal Team this year and the seventh call out involving viable IEDs.

Other types of call-outs 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.

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Press Release Date:  14 January, 2012

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