Thursday 07 June 2012 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Makes Safe Unstable Chemical.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a quantity of unstable Picric Acid at a chemist on Main Square, Thurles this afternoon.

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

The team arrived on scene at 11.30am 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 12.30pm.

Picric Acid is a chemical re-agent and is routinely used in laboratories and chemists but can crystallise and become unstable and sensitive to shock or friction over time.

This is the 98th call out for the Army Bomb Disposal Teams so far this year.

Press Release Date:  Thursday 07 June 2012

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