A VIABLE pipe bomb was found under a car in a busy housing estate in Athy as children were trick or treating on Halloween night.
The Defence Forces deployed a team to Glebelands, a residential area near the Carlow Road in Athy, following a request from gardaí at approximately 9.30 pm last Wednesday, October 31.
The area was cordoned off by gardaí and some local residents had to be evacuated for their own safety during the operation.
The team arrived on scene at 11.15pm and examined the device which was located under a car outside a private residence. The viable device was then rendered safe in situ by means of controlled explosion and the remains of the device were handed over to the gardaí to assist with their investigations.
The scene was declared safe at 1.20am and the team returned to base.
Gardai carried out door to door inquiries after the incident.
Local councillor Thomas Redmond who lives nearby described the incident as devastating and very worrying. “If people want to go around with explosives and end the lives of others, or maim our innocent children then they have to pay the price and that needs to be spelt out. The criminals that live amount us with the expertise for ending lives had no regard for any of the hundreds of children that were out that night and its because of that , I would urge everyone who might have information to please contact the Garda in Athy or in confidence the Garda confidential number,” he said.
- Lisa Deeney