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 3.30pm 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 4.40pm.

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.

This is the 205th call out for the Army Bomb Disposal Teams so far this year.


Press Release Date: 14th October, 2011

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