DUBLIN, Ireland - A large security cordon was imposed by the Gardai after a suspicious device was found near a parked car on the Dublin Road on Sunday.
An alarm was raised at around 2.40 pm on Sunday afternoon when the device was found.
Gardai immediately rushed to the scene near St. Mary's Church in Drogheda, County Louth and put a security cordon in place.
The area around the church and surrounding roads were blocked as part of the cordon and local traffic diversions were imposed.
Subsequently, the Army was alerted, which sent its Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit to the scene.
As the Army bomb squad inspected the device, Gardai evacuated the area.
Subsequently, the suspect device was recovered and made safe.
According to Gardai, an investigation has been launched and the device and the car have been removed.
After the device was taken in for a technical and forensic examination, Gardai lifted the cordon and local traffic diversions.
According to reports, Gardai are trying to determine if the discovery of the suspect device could be linked to recent other incidents in the town.
Six incidents, including two petrol bomb attacks, raised safety concerns in the town between Thursday night and Friday afternoon.