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Bomb Squad detonates explosive acid left at Kennewick waste collection event

Bomb Squad detonates explosive acid left at Kennewick waste collection event

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- What started out as a hazardous waste collection event in Kennewick, ended with a boom.

Benton County officials said Saturday morning a woman dropped off some chemicals--one of them being the highly explosive picric acid.

Benton county officials said they asked her to stay while they examined the chemicals, but she left, l

leaving no contact information.

They then evacuated everyone nearby and called in the Richland Bomb Squad to safely dispose of the acid.

Bomb Squad members decided it was safest to bury the acid in the ground and then detonate it.

"The majority of the people that come to this event are just everyday citizens just wanting to dispose of their household chemicals or paint,” Benton County’s Shyanne Faulconer said. “It's usually not anything that's lab-grade chemicals that we come into contact with, but we do have that protocol that we wanted to be extra cautious and make sure nobody got hurt."

Benton County officials said they will reschedule the event for another day so the people who were planning on disposing of acceptable waste can do so.

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