[A] controlled explosion was carried out last night after bomb disposal experts were called to deal with a chemical sometimes used in chemistry lessons, that can become explosive if not stored correctly.
A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: “A controlled explosion was conducted by the EOD at West Lakes Academy in relation to a chemical that was being stored there after officers were called at 8.41pm to dispose of a chemical.”
Schools have been acting in response to government advice from the Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Equipment (CLEAPSS) to check for 2,4-DNP.
CLEAPSS website said: “If there is no water in the outer container or the reagent bottle has not been placed inside an additional container you must assume that the material has dried out meaning that an additional risk is present.”
Government advice: “The Department for Education would like to remind all schools and post-16 institutions of the importance of ensuring all chemicals used for practical science activities are stored safely.”