Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News this morning that yesterday’s device which was found in Ballina was an elaborate hoax and of no danger to the public.

A suspect device was discovered at approximately 3am yesterday outside a house in the Mount Assumpta area of Ballina, which resulted in the area being sealed off and some residents having to evacuated during the night.

The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal service took the device away for examination and the area was made safe to the public.

Gardai told Midwest News this morning that the device was not viable and was of no danger to the public.

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