The 2001 Birmingham bombing was the partial detonation of a car bomb in the city centre of Birmingham on Saturday 3 November 2001. The Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA), a dissident Irish Republican terror group, was responsible. The RIRA gave a telephone warning before the device exploded on Smallbrook Queensway, near New Street station - just 135 metres (443 ft) from the location of the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974. The bomb was similar in size to those used in the BBC bombing and Ealing bombing that year, but only the detonator exploded, leaving 30 kilograms (66 lb) of home-made explosives intact. An officer from the West Midlands Police said the bomb, if fully detonated, could have caused a "very serious loss of life" on the busy road. It was the final bombing of the Troubles in Great Britain.
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