Police bomb squad to carry out controlled explosion of chemical at school

Ponteland High School.

Ponteland High School.

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A bomb disposal squad from Northumbria Police has been sent to Ponteland High School to carry out a controlled explosion.

It is among a number of schools across the country that have called their local force in recent days after a fresh reminder was issued over the storage of a chemical.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team arrived after students had left for the day.

The chemical 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine, known as ‘DNP’, is used as a reactive agent in lab tests.

The reminder from CLEAPSS – the Government’s science and technology advisory service – was recently issued by the Department for Education after it received a number of calls from schools about the chemical.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “EOD are at Ponteland High School to carry out a controlled explosion as per CLEAPSS guidance.”

A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “We have contacted schools to remind them of the importance of storing chemicals for practical science activities carefully.”