Monday 11 March 2013 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Makes Safe Unstable Chemical.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a quantity of the unstable chemical Picric Acid this evening in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team to the Christian Brothers School (CBS), Thurles, Co.Tipperary following a request from the Gardai.

The Team arrived on scene at 7.00 pm and made safe the unstable chemical which was found in the school laboratory.

The chemical was removed to a safe location where it was made safe through the use of a controlled explosion. The school was evacuated and a nearby road was closed off to traffic throughout. The scene was declared safe at 8.30 pm and the team returned to base.

Picric Acid is more commonly known by its chemical name 'trinitrophenol,' which is a re-agent routinely used in laboratories around the country that can become unstable over time.

Other types of callouts for EOD Teams would include improvised explosive devices, conventional munition destruction such as old artillery shells discovered by members of the public, and also suspect devices found to be hoaxes. 

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Press Release Date:  11 March, 2013

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