A Defence Forces bomb disposal unit was called in following the discovery of an ‘improvised’ shotgun at Ballymacormack Cemetery outside Longford town this afternoon.
“Gardaí can confirm they were alerted to an incident today at approximately 12 noon at Ballymacormack Cemetery. [An] EOD team attended the scene and a device was made safe. No persons were injured and the matter is under investigation,” a Garda spokesperson said.
A representative for the Defence Forces added: “The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team on request from An Garda Síochána after a suspect device was discovered in the local cemetery. A cordon was established and the road adjacent to the cemetery was closed.
“The EOD team arrived on scene at 1.50pm. The device was examined, confirmed as an improvised shotgun and handed over to An Garda Síochána to assist them with their investigations. The scene was declared safe at 2.20pm.”
Gardaí in Longford have now begun an investigation into the incident.