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Controlled explosion carried out on unstable chemical at Cork school

The Defence Forces’ Army Bomb Disposal Team was tasked to Sacred Heart Secondary School in Carrignavar earlier today.

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AN ARMY BOMB Disposal Team has carried out a controlled explosion on a quantity of an unstable chemical found in a secondary school laboratory in Cork today.

The chemical Dinitrophenylhydrazine was found to be unsafe at the lab in Sacred Heart Secondary School in Carrignavar, Co Cork with Gardaí requesting a Defence Forces team to deal with the matter.

The team arrived on the scene at 1.40pm and took the chemical to a safe location where a controlled explosion was carried out.

The scene was declared safe at 2.05pm and the team returned to base, the Defence Forces said in a statement.

Dinitrophenylhydrazine is a chemical re-agent routinely used in laboratories around the country but it can become unstable over time.

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