spring weather coming our way, people will be spending more time outside,
walking, jogging and bike riding on local roadways.
So itís a good time
for the Indiana State Police to warn folks of the potential hazard posed by
trash left behind by the manufacturers of methamphetamine (meth).
The ISPís Meth
Suppression Section wants people to know that this trash may contain
chemicals which are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and acidic. And in
combination these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire, or burns if they
come into direct contact with the skin.
Things to know
about meth trash:
* 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.) which 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.
If you come across
this type of trash, do not handle it. Instead, contact the local ISP post,
which can be found at