Army Bomb Disposal Team makes safe unstable chemical in Celbridge.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a quantity of unstable Picric Acid at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory in Celbridge, Co. Kildare this evening.

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

The team arrived on scene at 5.00pm and removed the chemical to near-by waste ground. The Bomb Disposal Team carried out a controlled explosion in order to make the chemical safe; the scene was declared safe at 5.50pm.

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

This is the 165th call out for the Army Bomb Disposal Teams this year and the 16th time unstable chemicals were safely disposed of.

Press Release Date: Tuesday 30th August, 2011

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