A bomb threat against Apple’s facilities in Ireland on Monday led to the evacuation of 4,800 employees. The employees were allowed to return to the buildings after an all-clear was given by officials.
The incident affected about 4,000 employees at Apple’s plant in Holyhill, as well as another 800 workers at Lavitt’s Quay, according to the Irish Times. Officials looked into the matter and did not find any threatening devices.
The threat was reported to have been issued on the website of Garda Síochána, the national police force of the Republic of Ireland, at 8:20AM local time. No specific location was cited, so police began evacuating both facilities at 10AM. Employees were allowed to begin returning to work around midday.
Apple’s Holyhill campus at Cork is the company’s first international base of operations outside of the United States. Cork employees handle administration tasks for Apple operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company also has an iMac assembly line in Cork, which is the only Apple-owned assembly factory in the world.
Apple Announced last November that it plans to add 1,000 new manufacturing and customer service positions in the country.