Apple Facilities in Cork Evacuated Due to Bomb Threat

Posted by at 10:53 am on January 18, 2016

An Apple production facility in Ireland has been evacuated after it became the target of a bomb threat earlier today. The Cork facilities, which include premises on Lavitts Quay, Hollyhill, and Model Farm Road, were cleared of all 4,000 staff as a precautionary measure, following after the company received a number of threatening emails that it and local security forces considered to be credible enough for an evacuation.

A garda spokesperson advised to the Irish Independent that an army bomb disposal team had not been called to the facilities, but searches of the buildings at 9am local time were carried out by the police. It is unknown what exactly the contents of the emails were, but they seemed to be enough of a threat to take precautions and involve the garda.

After over two hours of waiting, and the facilities being given the “all clear” by security teams, evacuated staff were allowed back into the buildings to continue work.

In January last year, a bomb threat was made against Intel’s plant in Leixlip, which resulted in a similar evacuation but was later found to be a hoax. Apple itself recently become the victim of a bomb threat at its Ginza Apple Store in Tokyo, with the hoax succeeding in preventing an event from being held at the location later that day.

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