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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.
Dec 7th 2013, 2:41 PM 27,063 24

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.

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