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Warning Given To Residents That Find 'Meth Trash'
Updated August 19, 2014 9:11 AM | Filed under: Crime
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Remnants of a meth lab. (Credit: Indiana State Police)
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Remnants of a meth lab. (Credit: Indiana State Police)

(UNDATED) - Walkers, joggers and children playing in the woods are being warned that any trash they find may be contaminated with chemicals used to manufacture meth.

"On August 14th we had some children playing in an wooded area in East Oolitic and they came across the remains of a meth lab," Craig says. "Parents need to be vigilant and talk to their children about the dangerous of finding and or touching what might look like trash. The combination of these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire or burns if they come into contact with the skin."

The "trash" could be toxic, flammable, corrosive and acidic.

Craig's advice: Don't touch it and call police.

Indiana State Police say meth cooks are using a variety of containers to manufacture their product.

For example, 1.5-gallon gas cans have been found along the roadside by people who believe that they have found a new gas can and end up with a working meth lab.

Other items to avoid: battery casings, Ziploc style bags, empty blister packs and containers that contain a granular material.

Be aware of any type of cylinder found in a field, ditch or 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.

If someone comes across this type of trash, contact police.

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