Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Residents evacuated as device explodes in east Belfast

A suspicious device exploded outside a house in east Belfast, but no one was injured

A suspicious device has exploded outside a house in east Belfast.

The attack happened at a property in the Kenilworth Place area at around 9pm yesterday.

Police said the device went off outside the property but no one was inside at the time.

It is understood community workers in the area put out a small fire caused by the explosion.

There were also reports that Army bomb experts were examining whether there was another device in the area close to the scene of the initial blast.

A number of people were evacuated from their homes and moved to the nearby Ballymacarrett Youth Centre.

Last night there were no reports of any injuries.

It is understood police closed off a portion of the Lower Newtownards Road between Bridge End and Templemore Avenue while they dealt with the situation.

According to PUP councillor John Kyle, the explosion caused a small fire. "I understand a small device went off, causing a fire. I think it was in the street and police have been dealing with the situation," he said.

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