By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — Walkers, joggers are bikers in Indiana are being warned that any trash they find may be contaminated with chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Indiana State Police issued a community alert that people enjoying the warmer weather may come across trash that could be toxic, flammable, corrosive and acidic.
Their advice: Don’t touch it, and call police.
“The combination of these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin.” police said in a statement.
Police said 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.