Army Bomb Squad carry out explosion after 'pipe bomb' found underneath car in Whitehall

The Army Bomb Squad carried out a controlled explosion in Dublin last night after a suspicious device was found underneath a car.

Residents on Yellow Road in Whitehall, north Dublin were asked to leave their homes after gardai and the Defence Forces were called to the area.

The incident unfolded just before 10pm on Sunday night and is believed to be linked to a local feud.

Dublin Live understands that an alleged pipe bomb was left underneath a car of a local resident as a threat following a dispute.

Local councillor Paul McAuliffe told Dublin Live: "I believe that an alleged pipe bomb was discovered. The Defence Forces were called to the scene.

"This part of Whitehall is beautiful, and it’s exceptionally quiet so residents are understandably shocked by what happened last night and are very concerned.

"It's worrying to think that people have access to firearms and pipebombs. We've seen similar methods used in my local area of Ballymun and it's been a massive problem."

TD Noel Rock had urged residents to stay indoors and follow garda advice while the incident was taking place.

He said: "Residents have been urged by Gardai and Bomb squad to stay indoors while this threat is being dealt with, and I would urge residents to heed this advice.

“Hopefully this is concluded safely and peacefully and nobody is hurt but for now it’s vitally important that people stay inside their homes or stay away from the area."

One resident told Dublin Live that they were told to leave their homes or go to the back of the property.

They were also advised to avoid looking out a window while the investigation took place.

They said: "Gardai gave me the option to leave my house or stay in at the back, and definitely not to look out windows. They said I can consider it safe when their car with the blue lights are gone."

A garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí in Ballymun, Dublin 9 are investigating a suspicious device that was underneath a car in Whitehall on the 30th of September 2018.

"At approximately 7.35pm Gardaí received a call that a suspicious device was beneath a car parked on Yellow Road, Whitehall.

"A number of houses were evacuated and the road closed off. The EOD attended the scene and dealt with the suspect device. The area was declared safe at 1.10am on the 1st of October 2018. Investigations are on-going."
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