Army Bomb Disposal Team makes safe unstable chemical.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a quantity of unstable Picric Acid at the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, Dublin this morning.

The Defence Forces deployed the team to Shrewsbury Rd., Dublin where the unstable chemical had been found during a routine audit of chemicals.

The team arrived on scene at 10.45am 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 11.25am.

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

This is the 176th call out for the Army Bomb Disposal Teams this year and the 19th Substance of Concern safely disposed of.

Press Release Date: Thursday 15th September, 2011

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