Army Bomb Disposal Team makes safe unstable chemical in Tralee.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a quantity of unstable Picric Acid at Tralee Institute of Technology this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the team to Tralee I.T. where the unstable chemical had been found during a routine audit of chemicals in a Science Laboratory.

The team arrived on scene at 11.45am and removed the chemical to waste ground. The Bomb Disposal Team carried out a controled explosion in order to make the chemical safe; the scene was declared safe at 1.00pm.

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

This is the 143rd call out for the Army Bomb Disposal Teams this year and the 11th Substance of Concern safely disposed of.

Press Release Date: Friday 8th July, 2011

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