The IED was removed to a secure military installation for further testing
The Army Bomb Disposal Team has removed an explosive device from a house in County Limerick.
The team was called to the house in Rathkeale at the request of gardaí.
The team arrived just after midday and removed the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) approximately two hours later.
A number of houses and local businesses were evacuated to ensure public safety.
The area was cordoned off while the team made device the safe.
Main Street in the town was closed for the afternoon between Castlematrix and the fire station as the operation was ongoing.
The IED was removed to a secure military installation for further testing.
In a statement the army said "any items of an evidential nature" will be handed over to the gardaí as they continue their investigation.
Members of the public who encounter suspect devices are advised to maintain a safe distance and immediately inform the gardaí.