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Highly explosive, unstable chemical found at Dublin school lab

The army bomb disposal team was called in to make the Brady’s reagent chemical safe at Ballinteer Community School.

Ballinteer Community School evacuated after a suspicious material found in a lab there.
Ballinteer Community School evacuated after a suspicious material found in a lab there.
Image: Hornet DPS

AN UNSTABLE AND highly explosive chemical 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine, also known as ‘Brady’s reagent’, was found in a Dublin school yesterday afternoon and the building was evacuated.

The army bomb disposal team made the dangerous chemical – that is relatively sensitive to shock and friction – safe at Ballinteer Community School.

The chemical was found in a school laboratory during a routine audit.

The army arrived at the school at 3.45 pm and removed the chemical to a nearby safe location where it was made safe through the use of a controlled explosion.

The scene was declared safe at 4.30 pm and the team returned to base.

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