State bomb squad examines, helps dispose of volatile chemicals found in Amherst home
AMHERST — The state’s bomb squad was called in Friday to help examine and dispose of hazardous chemicals found in an Amherst home, according to the Amherst Fire Department.
In a statement, the department said a person who had been cleaning out his parents’ home brought “numerous” containers of various chemicals to the central fire station seeking advice on how to safely dispose of them.
According to the fire department, some of the chemicals were possibly volatile and others were in containers that were not labeled.
Because they types of some of the chemicals were unknown, firefighters contacted the state hazardous materials team and bomb squad.
The teams determined that none of the containers was leaking and could be safely moved to a remote location where a container-by-container analysis could be done and decisions made of how to best dispose of them.
Most of the chemicals were repackaged and transported to a facility for disposal. One container was deemed too volatile to transport and was detonated by the bomb squad instead, according to the fire department.
The house where the chemicals were found was searched and no more chemicals remained, according to the fire department.
No injuries were reported and all chemicals were transported away or destroyed by 6 p.m. Friday, according to the fire department.