Published Thursday, 03 July 2014
Nothing untoward was found at an earlier alert at Thiepval barracks. (© UTV)
The discovery sparked a security alert in the Rossglass Road area of the Co Down village.
Police and army bomb squad officers were called to the scene after the alarm was raised following the discovery by the workers, and a number of local homes were evacuated.
Tests were carried out on the device and it was later declared viable. Police said they believe it may have been in place for several years. It has now been removed for further examinations.
The alert has ended and families have been allowed to return home.
It comes after a separate security alert at Thiepval Army Barracks in Lisburn, Co Antrim, ended earlier on Thursday with "nothing untoward" being found.
Police and army bomb experts attended the scene after a suspicious object was discovered inside the perimeter fence of the army site.
The Magheralave Road has reopened after it was closed for several hours and residents have been allowed to return to homes that were evacuated.
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