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Monday 21 August 2017

D4 bomb alert after builder uncovers old artillery shells

44 Shelbourne Road, where artillary shells from the early 20th century were found. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
44 Shelbourne Road, where artillary shells from the early 20th century were found. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

A BUILDER working on a house in a Dublin suburb had to call in the army after discovering two old artillery shells.

Bomb squad experts carried out a controlled explosion on the devices at the house on Shelbourne Road in Dublin 4.

In an operation that lasted around four hours, the builder first contacted gardai when he found the heavily corroded devices, thought to date from the early 1900s.

After a brief inspection at lunchtime, gardai and the army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team were sent to the Dublin 4 address.

"The team arrived on scene at 2.45pm and a cordon was put in place for public safety," said an army spokeswoman.

"The exact age and type of ammunition could not be identified due to the items being badly corroded, but it is believed that they may be dating back to the early 20th century."

Both shells were then taken to a safe, nearby location where a controlled explosion was carried out. The scene was finally declared safe at 5.15pm.

Old artillery shells and weapons, such as grenades, from the War of Independence era are sometimes found in the Dublin area when works and extensions are being carried out on old properties.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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