Chem­i­cal alert brings bomb squad to school

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

ABOMB dis­posal squad has car­ried out a con­trolled ex­plo­sion of chem­i­cals at a school.

Po­lice were called to Poyn­ton High School af­ter it was dis­cov­ered a po­ten­tially un­sta­ble sub­stance was not be­ing stored cor­rectly.

Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Dis­posal of­fi­cers were called and safely car­ried out the ex­plo­sion on the school grounds, on Yew Tree Lane, on Wed­nes­day night.

It comes af­ter a re­minder was sent to schools by the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion over how cer­tain chem­i­cals should be stored.

Schools were given contact de­tails for the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties if they dis­cov­ered any sub­stances were not stored cor­rectly.

The chem­i­cal 2,4-dinit rophenyl­hy­drazine, known as DNP, is used at the school for chem­istry lessons.

No one was in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

David Waugh, head­teacher at Poyn­ton High, said: “The Ex­plo­sive Or­di­nance Dis­posal Team car­ried out a low level con­trolled ex­plo­sion on the school fields to dis­pose of the chem­i­cal 2,4-DNP.

“Poyn­ton High was the sixth school they had vis­ited that day with a fur­ther two to visit later that evening to un­der­take the dis­posal of this chem­i­cal fol­low­ing up­dated guid­ance from the De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion.

“I con­tacted the Po­lice at lunchtime on Wed­nes­day and the dis­posal was car­ried out just be­fore 6.30pm later that evening af­ter ev­ery­one had gone home.

“Our sin­cere apolo­gies to the lo­cal res­i­dents who may have heard the small ex­plo­sive noise.”

A spokesman for Cheshire Po­lice said: “Cheshire Po­lice sup­ported the high school in Poyn­ton in deal­ing with the dis­posal of a lab­o­ra­tory chem­i­cal safely on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 2 at 13:20 where a small con­trolled ex­plo­sion was re­quired to dis­pose of the chem­i­cal in the safest man­ner pos­si­ble.

“This is part of na­tional checks on school chem­i­cal stocks which is co­or­di­nated by the De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion.”

A spokesman for the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion said: “There has al­ways been guid­ance about how chem­i­cals should be stored. A re­minder has been given out to schools to say please re­mem­ber this is how cer­tain chem­i­cals should be stored.

“Cer­tain schools no­ticed they have not been stored cor­rectly and have con­tacted the au­thor­i­ties.”

The crater left on Poyn­ton High School fields af­ter the con­trolled ex­plo­sion

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