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Suspect house not a meth lab, say police

An investigation into a suspected methamphetamine lab in downtown Red Deer today has determined there was no hazard.

Drug section officers and Red Deer Emergency Services had set up a command post in the alley behind a raised bungalow at 4636 46th St. They waited while officers from the RCMP’s Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) team from Edmonton suited up to enter the home.

The CLEAR team checked out the property and after examination, they determined the suspicious liquid was not hazardous. The home and surrounding area is considered safe.

Earlier in the day, a drug section RCMP officer, said: “There are suspicious chemicals inside consistent with a methamphetamine lab.”

“These chemicals with an acidic smell were discovered by the landlord who was cleaning after renters moved out.”

A second Emergency Services command unit was set up on 47th Avenue near the alley between 46th and 47th Streets. A police cruiser and fire truck were parked on 46th Street in front of the house.

Making methamphetamine in home labs is extremely dangerous since the chemicals involved are highly toxic, may cause severe burns and even explode.

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