Gardaí are questioning two men after a suspected pipe bomb was discovered on the outskirts of Ennis, Co Clare.
The two were detained after officers on a routine patrol stopped a car acting suspiciously close to one the M18 motorway exit near Barefield at around 1am.
They then discovered what appeared to be a pipe bomb.
The area was sealed off and the Army Bomb Disposal Team called in.
The device was then made safe and taken away for forensic examination.