Army blows up unstable acid
Published 16/09/2011 | 05:00
An Army bomb-disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on a quantity of unstable picric acid at the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland in Dublin yesterday.
It was the second callout to the premises at Shrewsbury Road in recent weeks.
The unstable chemical was found during a routine audit and was taken to waste ground and blown up.
Picric acid is routinely used in laboratories but can crystallise and become unstable over time.
This was the 176th callout for the ordnance officers so far this year and their 19th to deal with chemicals.