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Bomb squad carries out controlled explosion on suspect device

Bomb squad carries out controlled explosion on suspect device

The bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect device that was planted under a van in Tallaght late last night.

The alarm was raised when the item was spotted under the vehicle in Knockmore Gardens at around midnight.

Local gardai requested the army Explosives Ordnance Disposal team who examined the device and decided due to its position not to move it but make it safe with a controlled explosion.

Several homes in the area were evacuated while the operation was underway.

The suspected pipe bomb was then examined and found not to have been viable.

It was declared an elaborate hoax by gardai who are continuing their investigations into the incident.