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School evacuated as bomb squad deal with unstable chemical

The Defence Forces team was called out to the Killmallock school after unstable chemicals were discovered on the premises.

File photo of the Army Bomb Disposal Team in action.
File photo of the Army Bomb Disposal Team in action.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A SECONDARY SCHOOL was evacuated in Co Limerick earlier today after the discovery of an unstable chemical this afternoon.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team were notified and sent a team to the Coláiste Iosaef school in Killmallock.

The substance, dinitrophenylhydrazine, is a chemical reagent routinely used in labs, but it can crystallise and become unstable over time.

The Defence Forces team moved the chemical to a safe location, where they carried out a controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 2.15pm.

The team recently carried out controlled explosions on quantities of unstable Picric Acid discovered during routine audits at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory in Co Kildare and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland in Dublin.

So far this year, the Defence Forces has been called out to 17 cases of unstable chemicals and today’s call out was the 167th so far this year for the team overall.

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