Motorists trying to get home on U.S. 52 Thursday
afternoon got stuck in traffic as the highway was shut down after a portable
meth lab was found along the side of the road.
A call came into the Ohio State Highway Patrol Ironton Post at 3:30 p.m. that an Ohio Department of Transportation crew had found what they thought was a meth lab as they were walking along the highway picking up trash.
"It was in a plastic pop bottle," Lt. Barry Call of the Ironton Post said. "We responded to the scene to look at it."
Determining it was a meth lab, the patrol shut down one eastbound lane of U.S. 52 just east of Delta Lane.
Lawrence County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Newman responded to neutralize the lab.
During that procedure all four lanes of the highway were shut down for about 15 minutes.
"The problems with a meth lab, whether it is large or small, is they are awfully dangerous," Call said. "We didn't know what state it was in. If there was some left, it would have a reaction."
The lab was neutralized without incident and the highway reopened. Also responding were Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department and Ashland Police Department.
Most Popular Stories
- E.U. Puts Sanctions on Russia, Ukraine Officials
- Microsoft Releases Free OneNote for Mac
- Crimea Seeks Financial Integration With Russia
- Apple, HP, Intel May Take a Hit from Slowdown in Smartphone Sales Growth
- Jack Daniel's Resists Changes to Tenn. Whiskey Law
- Homebuilders Show Rising Confidence in Market
- Chile Shaken by Major Aftershock
- Obama Imposes Sanctions on Russian Officials
- Some California Cities Seeking Water Independence
- 'Walking Dead' Takes a Shocking Turn: Recap