Gardaí have launched an investigation after a group of children discovered and accidentally discharged a firearm in a Longford housing estate yesterday evening.
The incident occured when three eight year-old boys were playing on a derelict property in the Palace Crescent housing estate in Longford town. A sawn-off shotgun and a quantity of ammunition was discovered by the children, who managed to fire the weapon. No one was injured in the incident.
Gardaí were called to the scene at approximately 7.30pm and seized the firearm. A forensic examination of the scene was completed and the weapon has now been sent to Garda Headquarters in Dublin for further testing. An investigation into the incident is now underway and gardaí have conducted house-to-house enquiries in the area.