An “explosive” bomb threat has been placed at the headquarters of the Republic of Ireland’s National Fire Service.
The bomb threat came in the early hours of Monday morning, and a spokesperson for the organisation says it is the first time they have received such a call in their history.
The National Fire service is a national service and has a dedicated bomb squad and the bomb squad are trained to deal with such an event.
The threat comes on the eve of a Republic Day celebration in Dublin which is expected to see fireworks at the historic Eiffel Tower.
The Irish Independent understands that the threat was placed by a caller who is known to the Irish Fire Service and said the organisation is “working to ascertain the source”.
A spokesperson for Republic of Irish Fire and Rescue Service (FIRES) said: “We are aware of the call that has been received.
We have contacted the caller, the caller has been advised and are working to ascertain their exact location.”
The bomb squad is currently working on a way to defuse the device, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the threat comes at the start of a “historic day” for the Irish government as it marks the 70th anniversary of the start to the Republic.
“This will be a special day in the history of Ireland,” the spokesperson added.
The Irish government announced plans in January for a fireworks display on June 26. “
We thank the Fire Service for their outstanding work during this historic year and we wish them the very best.”
The Irish government announced plans in January for a fireworks display on June 26.
The event will see a total of 6,000 fireworks from 3 different companies across the country.
The fireworks will be displayed in the Eiffels, the Arc de Triomphe and the Tower of London.
The celebrations are part of Ireland Day, a celebration of the country’s 150th birthday and centenary.
The festival comes on top of a day of events including a fireworks show at the National Library and a day-long festival at Dublin’s O’Connell Street.
The last time a fireworks explosion took place in Ireland was in December 1922, when a bomb exploded at a fire station in Drogheda.