Army bomb squad scrambled to Drogheda estate with houses evacuated after 'suspicious device' was found
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Army bomb squad scrambled to Drogheda estate with houses evacuated after 'suspicious device' was found

AN ARMY bomb disposal unit was dispatched to a housing estate in Drogheda on Tuesday after a suspicious device was found.

The incident happened in the Moneymore estate at around 9.30pm yesterday.

Gardaí received reports that a suspicious device had been spotted outside a home, and upon inspection they called in the army explosive ordnance disposal unit to deal with it.

In the meantime, a number of houses in the surrounding area were evacuated for safety reasons.

The bomb disposal unit later arrived under garda escort.

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After inspecting the device, they deemed it to be a cannister of petrol with wires protruding from it.

It was immediately removed and taken away for further analysis.

A local resident told the Irish Independent the forces provided them with relief:

"It was discovered by pure luck around half nine, it was on a gas box on the street so you can just imagine tell devastation if it had exploded," they said.