first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A number of homes have been evacuated after an undercar booby-trap car bomb exploded in Letterkenny.Gardai have sealed off the scene of the incident at ManorView Park off the Long Lane in Letterkenny.A number of homes have been evacuated and residents forced to stay with friends while the security operation continues. Nobody was hurt in the incident but Gardai at the scene now say they are searching the area for secondary devices.The Army Bomb Disposal Team are on their way to Donegal from Athlone to help Gardai with the operation.Speaking at the scene, Detective Inspector Pat O’Donnell told Donegal Daily “I can confirm there has been an explosion under a vehicle in this area.“We have sealed off the scene and we have asked for the assistance of the army technical officers in case there are secondary devices in the area. “I would ask anyone who may have information on what happened here this morning to contact Gardai at Letterkenny.“We are currently carrying out house to house enquiries and I can tell you that there is some CCTV footage in the area which we are also studying,” he said.  HOUSES EVACUATED AFTER CAR-BOMB EXPLODES IN HOUSING ESTATE was last modified: November 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cvarbombGardaihouses evacuatedletterkennylast_img read more

Teams work out the kinks in the Iditarods early stages

first_img(Photo by Patrick Yack/Alaska Public Media)It was busy overnight in Skwentna as teams passed through the second checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail and made their way into the Alaska Range.Teams are shaking out the kinks early as they settle into race mode.Spectators stood around a blazing orange, crackling bonfire. They swigged beer and swung their hips in time as a live band played a few tunes. Snowmachines buzzed by on the river and the northern lights glowed faintly.In the distance, mushers’ headlamps illuminated the trail.By midnight, teams were arriving in quick succession, some of them passed through quickly, others stopped for a short rest. Still others pulled in to make some repairs.Kelly Maixner was crunched down on the ground with a drill in one hand. A box of tools was splayed open nearby.“Yeah, I had a lot of kinks to shake out I guess,” he said.Maixner says he broke his sled brake before he even left the start line in Willow.“I was standing on it because it was all ice and yeah I just broke the bar and that led to a wipe out on Corral Hill that broke some other stuff, but nothing I can’t hobble together,” Maixner said.He says his dog team is no worse for the wear.Travis Beals says he and his team are also trying to find their rhythm.“I don’t know how I managed it but I tipped over like three or four different times already with dogs in the crate and all sorts of stuff going on,” Beals said. “But we’re just letting them get in the groove and taking it easy.”When he pulled into the checkpoint, Beals was carrying a dog named Wrangler who had a sore wrist.“I’ve never had a sore wrist on that dog in his life, so it’s not a big deal,” he said.Teams now head into the Alaska Range.They’ll navigate the notoriously challenging Happy River Steps and what could prove to be a wet and treacherous run through Dalzell Gorge between Rainy Pass and Rohn.last_img read more