Residents evacuated from Dublin suburb after 'viable device' found under car

Residents evacuated from Dublin suburb after 'viable device' found under car

A number of residents were evacuated from their homes in Dublin late last night after a suspicious device was discovered underneath a car.

The device was found on Yellow Road in Whitehall on Dublin's Northside at around 7.35pm last night and the alarm was raised.

Gardai arrived at the scene shortly afterwards and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team were called at around 9.55pm after the device was deemed viable.

Residents of Yellow Road were ordered to leave their homes as a controlled explosion was carried out.

According to the Defence Forces, the device was assessed, made safe and then removed to a military installation for further examination.

It has been determined to be a viable improvised explosive device.

Diversions were put in place while the situation was assessed and members of the public were told to avoid the area

The scene was declared safe at about 1.20am this morning and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Gardaí have said that investigations are ongoing into the incident.

Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe said: "We understand it was left outside a person's home and that it was a viable device because a controlled explosion took place.

"The Gardaí are going to consult with residents today and tomorrow to reassure them and to inform them of what happened."

Thankfully there are no reported injuries from the incident.

The Defence Forces has repeated its advice to members of the public to maintain a safe distance and inform gardaí should they encounter such a device.