Hoax ‘grenade’ found under car on ‘Motor Mile’

There were dramatic scenes on the 'Motor Mile' during last Thursday's bomb hoax.

There were dramatic scenes on the 'Motor Mile' during last Thursday's bomb hoax.

Businesses at the city’s ‘motor mile’ on the Cork Road came to a standstill for four hours last Thursday afternoon, following the discovery of a ‘grenade-like’ device underneath a car at Eddie Garry Car Sales.

The army bomb disposal unit was dispatched from Cork after the suspect device was first noticed, when a car parked in the garage’s forecourt was moved, at around noon.

Local Gardaí closed part of the Cork Road from the traffic lights at the junction of Ballybeg Drive near Heiton Buckley’s as far as the entrance to the Northern Extension of the IDA Industrial Park.

The Cork Road remained closed to traffic all afternoon, while forecourts at garages along the stretch of road were evacuated.

A number of customers visiting the various garages were forced to abandon their cars for several hours, until army personnel declared the area safe.

Gardaí have since confirmed that the device was a hoax. A spokesperson said they’re following several lines of enquiry.

Michelle Clancy

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