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Anti-terrorism police and bomb disposal units have been called to a wooded area in West Dunbartonshire which is thought to have been damaged in an explosion.
Strathclyde Police were called to reports of an explosion in Garadhban Forest, near Gartocharn, at about 1200 GMT on Wednesday.
The area, to the south east of Loch Lomond, has been sealed off.
Devices found as anti-terror police investigate explosion near Loch Lomond
Police were investigating cause of mysterious explosion in forest near Gartocharn.
By John Kilbride
18 November 2010 14:58 GMT
Anti-terror police have discovered several devices as they investigate the source of a mysterious explosion in a forest near Loch Lomond, STV News can reveal.
Sources confirmed a tree was blown up and bomb disposal teams were at the scene.
MoD sources said that Royal Navy's Northern Diving Group, the Navy's equivalent to the bomb disposal squad, were called out on Wednesday to offer support to Strathclyde Police and help them deal with the incident.
The alarm was raised at around 12 noon on Wednesday, when police were called after the sound of an explosion was heard in Garadhban Forest in Gartocharn, a village located to the south east of the loch.
Police confirmed that they discovered damage to the wooded area within the forest that would suggest some sort of explosion had occurred.
Chief Supt Calum Murray, Divisional Commander for Argyll, Bute and West Dunbartonshire, said: "As you would expect, when we are dealing with a situation where we suspect that explosives may be involved, it is our immediate priority to assess the situation and to call on expertise where we think it is appropriate. By its very nature, this type of assessment and investigation is complex and does take time.
"I can confirm that we are currently being assisted by agencies and experts from across the UK. Other forces have also been called in, including the Metropolitan.
"We are still in the assesment phase, and we're working to establish what we're dealing with and what the cause of the explosion was.
"I would stress that the site is secure and that there is no risk to public safety. As the explosion took place in a wooded area, there was no damage to property, and no-one was injured. We do want to minimize disruption to the community, and we thank the public for their patience.
"I would ask that if anyone has seen anything suspicious in or around the area, or has any information - no matter how insignificant it may seem, that they contact the police or Crimestoppers. All calls will, of course, be treated in the strictest of confidence.
"As I am sure you can understand, this is an ongoing investigation that is going to take some time to complete. We will release more information as that investigation progresses."
The forest is located close to Ross Priory, a landmark 19th century building owned by Strathclyde University and used regularly as a venue for weddings and for staff events.
Fingertip search at Loch Lomond explosion scene
Specialist police officers are carrying out a "fingertip search" at the scene of an explosion in a Scottish woodland.
The site in Ross Priory Wood, near Gartocharn, at the south of Loch Lomond, has been closed off since the blast was heard at midday on Wednesday.
It has been reported that devices have been found in the area.
Police have refused to confirm the nature of the incident but anti-terrorism officers and bomb disposal units have been part of the operation.
The latest briefing from Strathclyde Police, which is leading the investigation, said a number of specialist officers were currently searching the scene.
This team includes officers from the Metropolitan Police and scientific and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) trained personnel.
The force said the level of detailed search required was likely to "take some considerable time".
Ch Supt Calum Murray, divisional commander in Argyll, Bute and West Dunbartonshire, said: "The priority yesterday was to make sure that there was no risk to the public or officers in order that initial investigations could take place.
Police helicopter at the scene A police helicopter has been seen flying over the area
"We can assure everyone that this area is secure and there is no risk to anyone living, working in or visiting the area.
"Today we began the painstaking task of searching the area for any evidence. We would like to thank the public for their co-operation and assistance so far in our initial enquiries.
"We would also ask for their continued patience as I am sure they understand that we must follow strict procedures in order that we carry out a thorough investigation."
The investigation is focussing on damage to trees in the woodland area about 300 to 400 yards from Ross Priory, a secluded 19th Century building to the south east of the loch.
Ch Supt Murray previously said the site was "not an expansive area".
Van loads of police officers have been coming and going from the scene and several boxes marked evidence were removed on Friday morning.
A Metropolitan Police helicopter was also seen flying over the area.
Officers are also collecting CCTV footage from local businesses within the general area of the explosion.
Hotel manager Stuart King told the BBC: "I got a phone call from CID asking if I could meet them here as a matter of urgency and that they wanted to access our CCTV system."
Mr King said the officers gave him no details about why they were scrutinising the footage.
He added: "We heard rumours that there had been an explosion and then saw it on the news website."
A Scottish government spokeswoman said: "Strathclyde Police are currently investigating this incident and are keeping ministers informed of their progress - they have reassured us that there is no threat to public safety."