Army Technical officers calm explosion fears
Thursday, 17 November 2016
THE PRINCIPAL of Ballycastle High School has expressed thanks to the Education Authority, PSNI and Army Technical Officers for their guidance in dealing with a potentially dangerous chemical kept on the premises.
Last Wednesday Army Technical Officers were called to the school following advice from the Local Education Authority to remove chemical 2,4 DNP (Dinitrophenyl hydrazine).
Mr Ian Williamson, Principal, told The Chronicle PSNI removed the containers for safe disposal with "minimal fuss and no disruption."
Although The Chronicle believes the chemical, used as part of the A-level chemistry curriculum, isn't dangerous, it becomes dangerous if not stored properly, which leads to it drying out.
He said: "In light of recent guidance received from the Consortium of Local Education Authorities providing Science Services (CLEAPSS) and the Education Authority, an audit of chemicals held in storage in the Science Department was conducted.
“In common with many schools throughout the UK, Ballycastle High School did possess a small amount of the chemical 2,4 DNP (Dinitrophenyl hydrazine).
"The chemical in question is used as part of the A-level Chemistry curriculum and had previously been used in A-level Chemistry classes. It had been stored appropriately but had not been used for a considerable period of time.
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