Army Bomb unit called to Saltmills

By Dan Walsh

An Army Bomb Disposal Team was called into operation at Saltmills, New Ross, this morning where a controlled explosion was carried out on a corrosive metal object.

The Army team was requested by An Garda Siochana and arrived at the scene at approximately 11.36 am.

In a statement issued on request from the Defence Forces Press Office said that on arrival a cordon was established and maintained for the duration of the operation.

The scene at Saltmills today where a cordon was in place for Army Bomb Disposal operation. (Pic; An Garda Siochana)

“A long cylindrical metal object was identified. Due to corrosion, it was not initially possible to identify the nature of the item and a precautionary controlled explosive was conducted. Subsequent analysis determined that the item did not contain explosives and was likely not of military origin.”

The scene was declared safe and the team departed just after 3.30pm.

Due to corrosion the object could not be identified accurately, however, it is understood locally that the object may have been used to weigh down lobster pots!

NB; Should members of the public encounter suspicious items, or hazardous substances, they are advised to maintain a safe distance and inform An Garda Síochána.

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