Site evac­u­a­tion ahead of paint tin ‘ex­plo­sion’

Emer­gency ser­vices called to es­tate

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

PO­LICE have re­vealed why a con­trolled ex­plo­sion had to be car­ried out on an old in­dus­trial es­tate in Uxbridge.

Mul­ti­ple spe­cial­ist ve­hi­cles were sent to the scene of what may have sim­ply been a dis­cov­ery of a tin of paint.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the scene of the old Trim­ite Site, on Ash­ley Road, off Cow­ley Mill Road, just af­ter 10am on Wed­nes­day May 11, when chem­i­cals were found af­ter they dis­turbed dur­ing build­ing work.

Any­one within 100m of the site was evac­u­ated ahead of the ex­plo­sion, which is likely to have been heard through­out the sur­round­ing area.

A Metropoli­tan Po­lice spokesper­son said: “The premises were evac­u­ated and cor­dons put in place while the emer­gency ser­vices dealt with the in­ci­dent.

“Spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers at­tended the scene and a con­trolled ex­plo­sion was car­ried out.”

The ‘dan­ger­ous sub­stance’ was found when con­trac­tors were clear­ing out the build­ing at Arun­del Road and be­lieved it to be highly ex­plo­sive and more than 20 years old.

The sub­stance was found in a la­belled tin, and ini­tially po­lice were con­cerned it was highly volatile pi­cric acid – an ex­plo­sive sub­stance some­times used in medicine and dyes.

But, af­ter the ex­plo­sion did not pro­duce the re­ac­tion they were ex­pect­ing, it is now doubt­ful this was the case, and one per­son evac­u­ated from the area com­mented on the orig­i­nal story on our web­site: “All for a tin of paint!! Was there, was evac­u­ated and there was a con­trolled ex­plo­sion!”

A po­lice spokesper­son could not con­firm this, how­ever, adding: “The re­mains of the sub­stance fol­low­ing the con­trolled ex­plo­sion has been sent off for anal­y­sis.”

n CLEARED: The area around the old Trim­ite Site in Uxbridge was cleared on Wed­nes­day morn­ing while fire­fight­ers car­ried out a con­trolled ex­plo­sion

Pic­ture: Alan Hayes

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