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Controlled explosion carried out on chemical discovered at Cork school

The Army Bomb Disposal Unit was called to St Finbarr’s Seminary after unstable chemical was found in an old school lab.

File photo of the Army Bomb Disposal Unit
File photo of the Army Bomb Disposal Unit
Image: Photocall Ireland

THE DEFENCE FORCES bomb disposal team has made safe a quantity of unstable chemical discovered at a Cork school last night.

The team was called to St Finbarr’s Seminary in Farranferris, Cork city where the chemical was found during renovations of a disused school lab.

The disposal unit arrived on the scene at 7.50pm. They removed the chemical to waste ground where it was subjected to a controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 8.50pm.

The chemical, dinitrophenylhydrazine, is a re-agent routinely used in labs which can become unstable over time.

This is the bomb disposal team’s 120th call-out this year; that figure includes reports of improvised explosive devices, munitions destruction, and suspect devices later established as hoaxes.

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