a picric acid story

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Fellow Histonetters:

Way, way back in the history of my laboratory (so far back that I was still
in elementary school - actually some time in the late 60's) a jar of dried
picric acid was discovered.  This was pre-safety officer, and probably
pre-any kind of disposal regulations.  So.....what to do?  

We are a small marine research lab on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, and
at that time had 3 ponds on-site in which algae was grown.  The laboratory
wastewater also discharged to one of these ponds.  One of the scientists
carried the offending bottle outside and heaved it into the middle of a
pond.  The hunters among the staff lined up and fired several (many) shotgun
volleys at the bottle until it disappeared - it did not explode.

A testament to something, but not necessarily good sense.

Carol B. McCollough, HT(ASCP)
Diagnostics & Histology Laboratory Manager
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Fisheries Service
Cooperative Oxford Laboratory
904 S. Morris Street
Oxford, MD 21654

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