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[Update: Apple has confirmed plant evacuation of Cork facilities following ‘threatening emails’ the company received. The situation has now been dealt with and employees are returning to work.]

According to local news, Apple’s plants in Cork, Ireland have been evacuated following a potential security threat in the area. Around 4000 workers have been told to leave premises at Apple’s facilities in Lavitts Quay, Hollyhill and Model Farm Road. Although details are scarce, Defence Forces told The Independent that explosive ordnance disposal teams are on standby in case they are needed. Employees have been waiting outside for over 2 hours now, as local ‘Gardai’ police respond to the bomb threat.

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Joe Leouge captured a photo of the employees waiting outside one facility in Hollyhill. The bomb scare is thought to have come via an email tip off.

Employees are now returning to work, after the premises have been given the all clear.

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