Unstable chemicals made safe


An Army bomb disposal team made safe a quantity of unstable picric acid in Killmallock, Co Limerick this morning.

The Defence Forces deployed the team to a retail premises on Sheare St. where a quantity of the unstable chemical had been found during a routine audit of chemicals.

Picric acid is a chemical re-agent and is frequently used in laboratories but can crystallise and become unstable over time.

The team arrived on scene at 10.30am and the substance was made safe via a controlled explosion. The area was declared safe at 11.40am