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Army bomb disposal team deals with chemical at Tralee IT

A small quantity of picric acid, which can become unstable over time, is found during a routine audit of chemicals.
Jul 8th 2011, 3:25 PM 742 5

THE ARMY BOMB Disposal Team has been called to Tralee Institute of Technology to make safe a small quantity of an unstable acid.

The team was deployed to Tralee following a routine audit of chemicals in a science laboratory, where the quantity of picric acid was discovered earlier today.

The chemical was removed to a waste ground where a controlled explosion was carried out in order to neutralise the substance.

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

The call-out is the 143rd for the Army Bomb Disposal Teams this year.

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