Police are appealing for information following a security alert in the Castlereagh Road area of east Belfast yesterday, Wednesday, October 13.
Officers received a report that a suspicious object had been discovered outside a property in the area at around 2.30pm.
The object, which has been declared as a viable device was made safe by ammunition technical officers. It has since been taken away for further forensic examinations.
Inspector McNulty said: “A number of residents who were evacuated from their homes, have now returned and we would like to thank those affected by this alert for their patience.
“Leaving viable explosive devices in a residential area is a completely reckless act and shows no regard for the lives of people in this area.
“I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Castlereagh Road area, or anyone with any information which can assist us with our enquiries to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 992 13/09/21.
“You can also submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/
“Or you contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.