Meth lab cleanup under busy bridge - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Meth lab cleanup under busy bridge

Memphis police found materials to make a meth lab under a well-traveled interstate overpass in Frayser, near the intersection of I-40 and McClean.

"This is next to a waterway. There's no telling how much ground contamination could have occurred," said Sgt. Robert Skelton.

Officers with the Memphis Organized Crime Unit were concerned about dangerous contamination in the surrounding air and water caused by materials that include anhydrous ammonia.

"If you were to breathe it, it would remove all the moisture from your lungs causing your lungs to collapse," said Skelton. "Anhydrous ammonia is very, very, very deadly."

Sgt. Skelton and his team worked quickly and diligently to clean up the meth mess, which posed a scary situation for nearby neighbors such as Kem Hawkins.

"Any of us could have been breathing whatever and didn't know what was going on," said Hawkins. "We have a lot of kids in this neighborhood, and it's summertime, and it's just scary."

Cleanup crews hauled the deadly drug-making chemicals away and say the community is now safe. According to police, this was the eighth meth lab discovered in Memphis this year.

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