Army Bomb Disposal Team makes safe unstable chemical.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a quantity of unstable Picric Acid at Lancaster Laboratories, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford this evening.

The Defence Forces deployed the team to Lancaster Laboratories where the unstable chemical had been found during a routine audit of chemicals at the laboratory.

The team arrived on scene at 3.45pm and removed the chemical to waste ground. The Bomb Disposal Team carried out a controlled explosion in order to make the chemical safe; the scene was declared safe at 4.20pm.

Picric Acid is a chemical re-agent and is routinely used in laboratories but can crystallise and become unstable and sensitive to shock or friction over time.


Press Release Date: 19th October, 2011

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