- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—MARTINEZ — A police bomb squad on Monday detonated an open can of a volatile solvent at the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District facility, an official said. On Saturday, someone dropped off a 20-year-old can of ethyl ether at the district’s household hazardous waste collection facility, said David Wyatt, Central San’s household hazardous waste program supervisor. Fearing the compound might be unstable, district staff called the Walnut Creek Bomb Squad to detonate the can rather than ship it off for disposal, he said.

“When it’s exposed to air and it sits for that long it can become a problem,” Wyatt added. “We’re not sure if it was or not, but to be absolutely safe we handled it in that manner.”

The can was in a secured location and never posed any danger to the public, Wyatt said. The bomb squad arrived at the Imhoff Place facility at about 1 p.m. and took less a half an hour to handle it.

Lisa P. White covers Concord and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.

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