Update: Employees are now back to work after the security alert was lifted. Only Apple’s Hollyhill and Levitt’s Quay were affected.
Apple reportedly evacuated 4,000 staffers at several of its premises in Cork, Ireland, this morning after an online bomb threat.
Employees were evacuated from Apple’s facilities in Hollyhill, the nearby Levitt’s Quay, and (possibly) the Model Farm Road site at 10 a.m. local time, with a search now being made of all premises. The Army Bomb Disposal unit has been notified and an explosive ordnance disposal team is on standby.
— Dan Linehan (@lensdan) January 18, 2016
Apple’s Hollyhill offices, where it builds Mac computers, are currently the only Apple-owned manufacturing facility in the world.
Ireland has recently been the center of an investigation into whether Apple uses “sweetheart” deals to avoid paying its share of tax. No verdict has yet been announced.
Apple recently made known plans to add an 1,000 staffers to its offices in Cork by mid-2017.