THE DEFENCE FORCES bomb disposal team has made safe a quantity of unstable chemical discovered at a Cork school last night.
The team was called to St Finbarr’s Seminary in Farranferris, Cork city where the chemical was found during renovations of a disused school lab.
The disposal unit arrived on the scene at 7.50pm. They removed the chemical to waste ground where it was subjected to a controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 8.50pm.
The chemical, dinitrophenylhydrazine, is a re-agent routinely used in labs which can become unstable over time.
This is the bomb disposal team’s 120th call-out this year; that figure includes reports of improvised explosive devices, munitions destruction, and suspect devices later established as hoaxes.