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Army disposal team makes safe Tralee chemicals

An Army bomb disposal team had to make safe a quantity of unstable picric this afternoon at Tralee's Institute of Technology Tralee.

The unstable chemical had been found during a routine audit of chemicals in a Science Laboratory in TIT.

The Defence Forces team arrived on scene at noon and removed the chemical to waste ground.

The bomb disposal Texperts carried out a controlled explosion in order to make the chemical safe.

The scene was declared safe at 1pm.

According to experts, picric acid is a chemical re-agent and is used in laboratories, but can crystallise and become unstable over time.

it was the 143rd call out for the Army Bomb Disposal Teams this year.