Army Bomb Disposal Team makes safe unstable chemical in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a quantity of unstable 2,4-Dinitrophenylhydrazine at Ashbourne Community College, Co. Meath this morning.

The Defence Forces deployed the team to Ashbourne Community College where the unstable chemical had been found during a routine audit of chemicals in the school laboratory.

The team arrived on scene at 9.35am 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 10.35am.

2,4-Dinitrophenylhydrazine is a chemical compound and is routinely used in laboratories but can crystallise and become unstable over time.


This is the 154th call out for the Army Bomb Disposal Teams this year and the 14th Substance of Concern safely disposed of.

Press Release Date: Friday 05 August, 2011

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