Police say a pipe bomb safely removed in Armagh could have killed or maimed anyone nearby.
The device which was discovered at Alexander Avenue in the city this morning has been taken away for further examination.
A number of homes were evacuated during the alert.
PSNI Chief Inspector Davy Beck said the device "had the potential to kill or maim anyone who was near it".
"I believe the vast majority of the community here do not want this dangerous activity in their area," he said.
"A number of homes had to be evacuated for over three hours this morning while Army technical officers attended the object and I would like to thank the local community for their assistance and understanding throughout the operation," Mr Beck added.