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Bottle Taken To Hazardous Waste Pickup Turns Out To Be Too Hazardous

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(Courtesy Department of Energy and Environmental Protection)

(Courtesy Department of Energy and Environmental Protection)

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The State Police Bomb Squad was called to Stafford Saturday,  after an item dropped off at the “Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day” turned out to be too hazardous for ordinary disposal methods.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says a resident brought in a small bottle of tetrahydrofuran,  a chemical used as a solvent and in manufacturing polymers.  If not stored properly it can become explosive.  Representatives of Clean Harbors, the contractor running the collection effort,  called the Stafford Fire Department and asked the State Police Bomb team to help stabilize the container.

The area around the waste collection site on East Street was closed off.

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