Belfast Bomb: ‘Explosion’ in Northern Ireland; PSNI Says Explosive Device Thrown at Police at Falls Road

March 14, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

An explosion was reported in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, on Friday evening. 

“Explosive device thrown at police on Falls Rd, west Belfast tonight. Police vehicle damaged but no reports of injuries to officers,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said on Twitter.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service also said that it is “at the scene of blast bomb attack on Falls Rd, Belfast. Up to 4 people being treated for shock. No serious injuries.”

Police are investigating a “moderate explosion,” other reports are saying.

Users on Twitter said it was heard at around 10:40 p.m. local time.

BBC reporter Claire Millar tweeted, “Reports coming in of a very loud explosion, possibly a bomb somewhere in #Belfast. No definite details yet. Anyone heard or seen anything?” 

A few Twitter users said that it was a bomb thrown at police. “Bomb in west belfast thrown towards the police. Over the graveyard wall on Whiterock road,” tweeted one person.

Added another Twitter user: “Belfast, what’s happening? I hear helicopters and I’m in Carryduff! Hope that blast was just a gas tank not a bomb.”

Some said they heard helicopters in the sky.

“Gosh, loud bang just heard echoing across #Belfast city. Fears that it may be a bomb. Hopefully not,” another person tweeted.

Earlier on Friday, a “booby trap” bomb was found under a vehicle in Belfast. It was discovered in the Blacks Road area, according to The Journal

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