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Old Chemical Explodes

A chemical exploded while being "chipped" out of a glass bottle, this was part of a stored collection that was in excess of 20 years old.  The compound was known to be an acetylide and this was not identified as a hazard at the time of bottling.   Acetylides are now known to be often impact or friction sensitive.

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