UPDATE: Potentially explosive substance that shut down La Crosse Co. Landfill identified

Explosive Substance at the Landfill

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - A container with a potentially explosive substance forced the La Crosse Co. Landfill to shut down.

A woman dropped off the container at the Household Hazardous Materials facility around 3:30 Thursday afternoon. According to Randy Nedrelo, the Special Waste Manager, the woman was disposing of materials that her late husband had left behind and was unaware of what it was used for or why he had it.

The container was clearly labeled as Picric Acid, which is a potentially explosive substance. 

Staff at the facility followed protocol and immediately contacted the La Crosse Fire Department and Hazardous Materials Team.

Because of the nature of the material, those working at the landfill were evacuated and it was closed to users.

The fire department, hazmat team, and specialists from the Dane Co. Sheriff's Dept. removed the container to a safe location and properly disposed of it.

Picric Acid is sometimes used for etching metal, making jewelry, color dying and medicinal purposes, Nedrelo said.

The landfill reopened at 6:30 a.m. today.


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