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Bomb disposal team called to Thurles chemist after discovery of unstable acid

A controlled explosion was carried out on a quantity of the unstable Picric Acid.

THE ARMY BOMB Dispoal Team has made a quantity of unsafe chemicals safe after being called to a pharmacy in Thurles, Co Tipperary today.

A quantity of unstable Picric Acid was discovered at the premises on the main square this afternoon during a routine audit of chemicals.

The Defence Forces team arrived on the scene at 11.30am and removed the chemical to an area of waste ground. A controlled explosion was carried out there and the scene was declared safe at 12.30pm.

The acid is a chemical reagent commonly roused in laboratories and chemists. It can crystallise over time, becoming unstable and sensitive to shock or friction.

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