Viable pipe bombs found in suburban garden shed

DETECTIVES are investigating criminal links to nine pipe bombs hiddenin a suburban garden shed in Dublin.

The devices were uncovered at the rear of a recently vacated semi-detached house in Swords, north Dublin, by Garda officers acting on a tip-off.

A number of neighbouring homes in Bunbury Crescent, Applewood, were evacuated for several hours while Army bomb disposal experts made the scene safe.

No controlled explosion was carried out.

A Defence Forces spokesman confirmed the nine devices were “viable” and contained all the necessary components to cause considerable damage. A Garda source said they were not primed.

Neighbours in the area said the former occupants of the house – which is for sale – had only left in recent weeks.

The improvised pipe bombs were discovered at around 11am.

The area was later declared safe at 4.30pm after an almost three-hour operation by the Army’s explosives ordnance disposal team.

The devices were handed over to the Garda for technical examination.

A number of other suspect components were also removed from the scene, which remained sealed off as Garda forensic experts carried out an examination.

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