WOVA Fox | WOVA-TV

UPDATE: Substance In Garbage Truck Not Meth Lab

UPDATE: 5/17/2013 5:20 PM

A substance causing smoke and heat in a Parkersburg City garbage truck was initially thought to be a meth lab.

Some smoking trash causes major concerns for police and fire departments, calling out the National Regulatory Commission.

City sanitation workers noticed the smoke coming from the truck and pulled into Parkersburg Fire Station Six on Camden Avenue early Friday afternoon.

Firefighters searched through the trash to determine what was causing the smoke. It was then they found a label with the words 'radioactive" written on it.

That caused caution for first responders and they stepped away from the truck.

They called in Hazmat crews from Marietta and experts from Charleston to determine exactly what was in the truck.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was also called and determined what was in the truck.

Turns out, a jug of Muratic Acid was in the trash. It's used to clean aluminum wheels. When the trash was compacted, the acid drained onto aluminum cans reacting and creating smoke and heat.

While it turns out it wasn't a meth lab, police and fire officials wanted to make sure no ones safety was at risk.

Three sanitation workers were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was also called and they determined there were no radioactive materials inside the garbage truck.

Firefighters say the label found in the trash is most likely packaging from materials in the oil and gas industry.
______________________________________________________
Some smoking trash causes major concerns for police and fire departments and now they're working to figure out what exactly was in someone's trash.

It happened Friday afternoon when city sanitation workers noticed smoke coming from the back of the garbage truck.

They immediately drove to the Parkersburg Fire Department on Camden Avenue.

Firefighters called The Marietta Hazmat crew and experts from Charleston to determine exactly what was in the truck.

While the police and fire departments believe it is a possible meth lab, they wanted to make sure it wasn't something that could be harmful to both workers and people in the area.

"We brought out people in, took a look at the trash truck. It was smoking. We weren't able to immediately identify the items we were looking at as positively a meth lab. Our course of action was to call in fire officials and hazardous material officials and start going through the things in this truck to make sure that's what we were dealing with and make sure it wasn't something more dangerous to safety," says Sgt. Greg Collins.

Three sanitation workers were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

There's been an increasing number of meth labs found in garbage. City officials say it's extremely dangerous and are working with city sanitation crews to ensure their safety.

Officials ensure the public there no immediate danger or cause for concern.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
TheNewsCenter One Television Plaza Parkersburg, WV. 26101 304-485-4588
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 207900161 - thenewscenter.tv/a?a=207900161
Gray Television, Inc.