Hazardous chemicals destroyed in controlled blast at former Bradford crisp factory
16 September 2015
Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion after potentially hazardous jars of picric acid were discovered at the former Seabrook Crisps factory in Bradford. Royal Logistics Corps personnel were called to the site in Allerton Road on September 15 after contractors demolishing the building found jars of the substance, which is used in the manufacture of explosives.
According to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, the area around the derelict factory was evacuated and the road nearby closed as the substance was detonated in a 10ft deep hole.
When questioned about the incident by the newspaper, a spokesman for Seabrook said the company no longer had any connection with the site, which closed in 2004.
Work to clear the site to make way for a new Aldi supermarket began at the start of the month.
Thomas Crompton, managing director of Thomas Crompton Developments Limited, the company demolishing the factory, was quoted by the newspaper as saying the substance was definitely picric acid as it was labelled as such.
"It is a banned substance and it must have been there for many years, but I've no idea what it would have been used for,” he said.