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Bomb squad, firefighters dispose of explosives

Staff Reports

East Fork Firefighters and members of the Tahoe-Douglas Bomb Squad responded to Meridian Business Park on Friday to dispose of 100 grams of an explosive.

The report came in around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Bomb squad members took charge of 100 grams of picric acid and detonated it at the Douglas County Gun Range on Friday.

While its modern use is limited to etching and dyes, during World War I, it was used in artillery.

It’s blamed for the largest manmade explosion prior to the invention of the atomic bomb when a ship collision near Halifax in Canada caused a load to catch fire in 1917.

The explosion caused an explosion that killed 2,000 people and injured 9,0000 more.