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Bomb squad deals with highly explosive chemical at Dublin school

The chemical is quite common in school labs but can become unstable over time.

File photo (not of scene)
File photo (not of scene)
Image: Irish Defence Forces

AN ARMY BOMB disposal unit dealt with a highly explosive chemical at a school in Sutton, Dublin earlier today.

The team was deployed at 10am this morning and returned to base shortly after 11am. The chemical is a common substance found in school labs, called 2,4 dinitrophenylhydrazine, or ‘Brady’s re-agent’.

It can become unstable over time if it dries out and it is also relatively sensitive to shock and friction so it can detonate if subjected to shock, like a fall.

A defence forces spokesperson confirmed that a controlled explosion of the substance was carried out by the team.

Read: Highly explosive, unstable chemical found at Dublin school lab>

Read: The 6 steps to bomb disposal in Ireland>

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