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Army team makes unstable chemical safe on Malahide Road

Picric Acid that could have been sensitive to shock or friction was made safe with a controlled explosion.

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Image: Jeff Chiu/AP/Press Association Images

AN ARMY BOMB disposal team was deployed to the Malahide Road at Dublin 17 earlier today after an unstable chemical was discovered at a laboratory.

The team arrived on the scene at Teagasc on the Malahide Road at about 4pm. The unstable chemical, called Picric Acid, had been found during a routine audit of the lab.

It was removed to waste ground and a controlled explosion was carried out to make the substance safe.

The scene was declared safe again at 4.45pm.

Picric Acid is a chemical reagent that is routinely used in laboratories. However it can crystallise and become unstable and sensitive to shock or friction over time.

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