The specialists rushed to the scene after gas canisters were found in Kirkintilloch near Glasgow, at around 5am today. The canisters – which were still outside the Santander branch this afternoon – were strapped together with clear tape. According to the Scottish Sun, hoses could be seen coming from the device.
Police have since confirmed there was no threat to the wider public but the area has still be cordoned off.
A spokesperson said: “We were called to an incident at Santander in Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, in the early hours of this morning.
“Cowgate, between West High Street and Catherine Street, is currently closed to all vehicles and pedestrians.
“A number of residents in nearby properties have been evacuated from their homes as a precaution.
“However, there is no threat to the wider public at this time.”
Nearby residents evacuated the area while bomb squads worked to make the area safe.
One local said: “The first we knew anything was wrong was when the police were at the door at 5am telling us we needed to leave.
“All they would say is there was an incident and we were being evacuated but you can see the canisters outside the bank.
“It’s terrifying to think what could have happened. If that had exploded, people could have been badly hurt or even killed.”
East Dunbartonshire Council had earlier Tweeted: “Please note, due to an ongoing incident, Cowgate in Kirkintilloch is currently closed.
“Please avoid the area for the time being.”
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