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Army team makes safe unstable chemicals at Dundalk IT

The chemicals were found during a routine audit at DKIT this afternoon.

A member of the Ordnance Corps of the Defence Forces (File Photo)
A member of the Ordnance Corps of the Defence Forces (File Photo)

AN ARMY BOMB disposal team has this afternoon made safe a number of unstable chemicals at the Dundalk Institute of Technology.

The Defence Forces carried out a controlled explosion on the chemical, called celloidin wool, which was found to be unstable during a routine audit of chemicals at DKIT.

The bomb disposal team was called to the campus at around 4.10pm this afternoon after being alerted by GardaĆ­. The area around the scene was evacuated as the team dealt with the unstable chemical.

The chemical was rendered safe at the scene and a controlled explosion was carried out to dispose of it. The scene was declared safe at 4.45pm.

Celloidin wool is a chemical used in laboratories which can become unstable as it dries out.

This is the 114th call out so far this year for a bomb disposal team.

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