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Bomb Squad called to Ballycastle School amid fears of Chemical Explosion

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PSNI Coleraine
PSNI Coleraine

A Bomb Disposal Team attended a school in Ballycastle today amid fears a chemical used in science lessons could explode.

This was part of a UK wide operation to dispose of a chemical called 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine which can be dangerous if not stored correctly.

Chief Inspector Natalie Wilson said: “In October 2016, educational establishments throughout the UK were advised by the Consortium of Local Education Authorities providing Science Services (CLEAPSS)., that a powdered substance, 2,4 DNP (Dinitrophenyl hydrazine), which is occasionally used by students in chemical experiments may present a risk if stored incorrectly.

“Communication was issued to schools requesting that they check their laboratories for the substance 2,4DNP and that they review its storage conditions accordingly.

“The PSNI has been liaising with a number of schools across Northern Ireland in relation to this powdered substance and where necessary arranging for safe disposal of the substance.”

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