Published Saturday, 17 August 2013
Police and the army attended the scene. (© UTV)
The stadium had to be evacuated on Friday night after a viable pipe bomb was discovered in the car park at around 7.45pm.
It was defused by the army bomb squad.
The incident led to the cancellation of a stock car racing event. Around 500 spectators at the Ballymena Raceway were affected.
A police spokesperson said: "The security alert forced the evacuation of the stadium and subsequent cancellation of an event being held at the Showgrounds.
"Police would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information about this incident to contact CID at Ballymena on 0845 600 8000."
Local MLA Robin Swann condemned those who left the device.
"Leaving a pipe bomb at a family event in Ballymena was an act of sheer lunacy," said the UUP representative for North Antrim.
"I congratulate the security forces for their professional handling of this potentially lethal situation, especially the army technical experts, who made the device safe.
"I urge anyone with information to give it to the police as soon as possible so that the mindless thugs who planted this bomb can be brought before the courts.
"Northern Ireland suffered terribly during the Troubles and we cannot as a community go back to this situation where family events are targeted by the bombers."
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