ISP: Beware the dangers of meth lab trash

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With the warmer temperatures, comes outdoor activity. The Indiana State Police would like to remind residents to beware of trash left behind from methamphetamine labs.

ISP said the potential exists that some people may come across trash left behind by those who have manufactured meth. The ISP Meth Suppression Section said this trash may contain chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive and acidic. The combination of these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin.

Here are some safety tips, provided by ISP, to keep in mind on those outdoor excursions.

• Meth cooks are using a variety of containers to manufacture their product. A popular container is the one and a half gallon gas can. These cans appear to be new and have been found along the roadside by unknowing people who believe that they have found a new gas can and end up with a working meth lab.

• Other Items to be aware of include battery casings, Ziploc style bags, empty blister packs, and containers (pop-bottles, jars, etc.) that contain a granular material. They may or may not have a tube extending out of the top depending on whether it is a hydrochloric gas generator (HCL) or a one pot reaction. Both of these are extremely hazardous.

• Be aware of any type of cylinder found in an odd place (middle of a field, ditch line, wooded area) that has a modified valve. The valve will typically be modified in some way and will have a bright blue color to it. These cylinders are used to store or transport anhydrous ammonia, which is an extremely dangerous gas when direct contact or inhalation has occurred.

Troopers said if you come across suspicious trash, make sure not to handle it and contact your local Indiana State Police Post.

If you have further questions or concerns about meth, please call 877-855-METH or visit Indiana’s website.

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