Friday, September 11, 2009

Suspicious Package in Donegal Town!

Seen on the news this morning:

The main street in Donegal town has been evacuated this morning following the discovery of a suspicious device.

A passer-by alerted gardaí about a suspect package on the street outside EBS bank at around 7.30am.

An army bomb disposal unit has been sent to the scene.

And from the Irish Times:

Garda Inspector Denis Joyce of the South Donegal Division said a member of the public raised the alarm at 7.00am today.

A large area around the discovery was evacuated within two hours.

Inspector Joyce said no claim of responsibility has been received. He said gardaí are keeping an open mind about the incident.

OceanFM says the package was taken by the bomb squad to Finner:

The suspicious device found in the centre of Donegal town has been removed for further examination. The potential pipe-bomb was found propped up against the EBS building on the Main Street early this morning.

The Army Bomb Disposal Unit has taken it to Finner Camp outside Ballyshannon. It's not yet known if its viable or not.

Shops in the area were evacuated but the Main Street is now being reopened ...

Anyone got any updates?

Update: Pic from Christina out her window:

And a quote from her flickr page:
bomb scare on the main street. sources (folks hanging out of their shop windows) say that there is an incendiary device in Billy Johnston's. Uproar as Bomb squad is not due to arrive until 1pm (almost 6 hours after it was reported).

Update 2: More pics from

The most sinister aspect of this incident is the fact that the device was planted in a doorway on the town’s Main Street just 100 meters from the local St. Patrick’s Church where Mass-goers would normally have being coming and going at that time of the day. Furthermore it was within 400 meters of the main national schools in the town.

Update 3: Contact the Gardi in Donegal Town if you saw or think you saw anything:

Garda Insp Denis Joyce, the senior officer present, said a description of the device indicated it had the appearance of a pipe bomb, and this was enough to raise an immediate security alert.

“I would ask for anyone in that vicinity of Donegal town, who may have seen anything suspicious between the hours of 5pm on Thursday and 7am on Friday morning, to contact gardaí in Donegal town on 074 9740190,” he said. “I would also like to thank local Donegal town businesses and visitors for their patience and co-operation during the alert.”


Anonymous said...

My God,that's terrible !!
Thank God everybody's ok, everybody except the eejit who made that bomb.
Eejit is too soft a name for that person.

Mick T. said...

I'm guessing it someone whose upset at the banks and/or the building societies.

SisterDaughter said...

Thank God it was noticed. God bless that man. And the Gardai etc for their expertise. Mick; this kind of thing is mindless, intended to cause maximum panic and damage. One later report said they have arrested two men in Derry. It hits home so much when it is a street you walk down often.

Mick T. said...

U said it! Seeing pics of a bomb near the Chapel and Peters Manshop is very scary indeed.

Pitmatic said...

Thing is the bomb squad took so long to arrive as they are now based in athlone.