• Short Summary

    British Army bomb disposal experts successfully defused the second bomb in as many left at the Europe Hotel on Friday (22 October), in Belfast on Thursday, the Army defused a bomb by blowing the lid off the container.

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    British Army bomb disposal experts successfully defused the second bomb in as many left at the Europe Hotel on Friday (22 October), in Belfast on Thursday, the Army defused a bomb by blowing the lid off the container.

    Friday's bomb was left in the main reception area by two armed gunmen. Police ordered the hotel evacuated and the entire area cleared. Bomb disposal experts took X-ray pictures of the bomb to try and determine how it was constructed.

    For some time, there was a fear that the bomb may have contained a timing device, which could set it off at any time. Late Friday night, however, the experts were successful in defusing the device.

    SYNOPSIS: A second bomb in as many days was left in the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Friday. It was brought into the hotel by two armed men in the afternoon. As soon as the alarm had been given, the whole area was sealed off by the police.

    The British Army's bomb disposal unit moved in to start their second major operation in two days. This bomb was thought to be made up of about thirty pounds of gelignite, connected to a battery operated detonator. After the first inspection, the army ordered the whole area to be cleared. Many cars were moved forcibly and guests were asked to leave their rooms immediately.

    Sentries were placed around the hotel in case of snipers. With the area cleared, the disposal unit started to take X-ray photographs by remote control, to try and discover how the bomb was made. The study revealed that the bomb was booby-trapped to detonate if moved.

    So delicate was it, that even the sentries were moved back. Members of the disposal unit kept an eye on the bomb, in case the setting up of the X-ray equipment had disturbed it.

    Then the Army moved back into the hotel foyer, and the delicate task of surrounding the bomb with sandbags began. Bomb disposal experts had asked for more sensitive X-ray equipment to be brought in. But the fear was that the bomb may have had a timing mechanism. Late Friday night, however, the Army's bomb disposal unit was successful in defusing the bomb.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9RRW9BMH78GD5Y5UH989N220U
    Media URN:
    VLVA9RRW9BMH78GD5Y5UH989N220U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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