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Controlled explosion causes 'fireball' in west Belfast - reports

Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on the Springfield road on July 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on the Springfield road on July 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

A viable device created a "fireball" when a controlled explosion was carried out in west Belfast, a councillor has said.

The object, however, was a hoax, police said.

The suspicious object was found on the Springfield Road shortly before 9am on Friday morning.

A Twelfth feeder parade by Whiterock Orange Lodge was blocked off as police closed the road to examine the device.

Army Technical Officers attended the scene and Belfast DUP councillor Brian Kingston said a controlled explosion was carried out that "exploded with a fireball".

"Disgusted to hear, from Wesley McCreedy PDM, that a viable explosive device was left in the grounds of Invest NI site this morning, blocking the feeder parade by Whiterock lodge," he wrote on Facebook.

"This required a controlled explosion by Army Technical Officers and exploded with a fire ball. The lodge was able to continue but No 9 District was delayed departing from West Belfast Orange Hall as a result.

"This disgraceful, dangerous and reckless attempt to attack & disrupt a 12th July parade will only strengthen our determination to maintain our traditions."

Police said the road was reopened at around 4pm and the object was taken away for further examination.

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