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Apple evacuates 4,000 staff after security scare at Europe HQ

Staff at a major Apple plant were forced outside on a cold January morning. But why?

Apple evacuated over 4,000 employees at its European headquarters this morning in response to a security alert.

Three Apple locations Across Cork, Ireland were searched by local police – the Gardai – at around 9am this morning.

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All workers at the plant have since returned to their desks however, signaling an end to the apparent crisis.

The evacuation is understood to have been in response to a number of threatening e-mails sent to Apple.

It’s not clear what was contained in the messages, although police confirmed to the Irish Independent that army bomb squads had not been called.

“We’re assisting in searches with security teams from the facility as a result of a security alert,” a police spokesperson said at the time of the alert, as reported by the Telegraph.

Apple has not released an official comment on the matter yet.

Check out tweets from the scene below:

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