Black Market Meth Labs Kill One Child, Force Evacuation of 30 Families 9/28/97

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In separate incidents last week, a 3 year-old child was killed by what police suspect were fumes emanating from a methamphetamine lab in his mother's Phoenix home, and 30 families had to be evacuated when police discovered toxic and explosive chemicals in the garage of a Lubbock County, Texas home, which they believed to be a soon-to-be meth lab.

The Associated Press reports that the environmental damage that is caused by these chemicals has become an alarming problem. The AP cites instances including fires, asphyxiation, the contamination of a children's sand box and the corrosion of the foundation of a neighboring home.

James Schroeder of the Yuma County Sheriff's office summed up nicely (if unintentionally) the dangers inherent in forcing the manufacture of substances into the unregulated black market, when he told the AP, "Ninety-five percent of these goofballs don't have a clue what they're doing. They picked up some old notes from the internet or jail or who knows where, and they don't understand the hazards of mixing certain chemicals together."

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