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Apple's European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, were evacuated this morning because of a 'security alert'Getty

Around 4,000 employees at Apple's European headquarters in Cork, Republic of Ireland, have been evacuated after a reported bomb threat. Police say they received a "security alert" at about 9am this morning.

Three different plants, at Lavitts Quay, Hollyhill and Model Farm Road, were evacuated as a result of the threat, according to the Irish Independent. A Garda spokesperson said searches are currently being conducted, but that the army's bomb disposal unit had not yet been contacted.

Staff have since reportedly been told they can return to the Lavitt's Quay site after it was cleared by police.