Controlled explosion on beach object

Controlled explosion on beach object

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The army bomb squad has carried out a controlled explosion on a ‘suspicious’ object that was found washed up on a beach in Co Clare this afternoon.

The alarm was raised at around 10.30am when a man walking his dog spotted what appeared to be a small tank on the shoreline at Barrtrá near Lahinch.

Gardaí went to the scene to carry out a preliminary inspection before requesting assistance from the army Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. An EOD unit travelled to the scene from Collins barracks in Cork.

Volunteers from Clare Civil Defence were also requested to attend the incident to provide lighting for the bomb squad.

The object was examined by EOD members and was found to be harmless. A decision was taken however to carry out a controlled explosion at the scene as it was too heavy to remove from the area.

Two controlled explosions were carried out before the scene was declared safe at around 5.45pm. The blasts were heard over a large area including in Lahinch almost five kilometres away.

The object is now believed to have been a marine or fishing buoy that had washed up in the recent storms.

It’s the third time in recent years that suspicions objects washed ashore in the Lahinch area. The army EOD dealt with one incident while Ennistymon fire service was called to another. The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard responded to the two previous incidents also.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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