Missed It By 3 Hours
BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA, POLICE and other agencies in a regional drug crimes task force were all set for a 6 am raid on a suspected meth lab house in the city this morning (Friday). The search warrant had been received and all plans for the surprise raid finalized. But to everyone's surprise, at 3 am the fire department got an early invitation via 9-1-1 when a destructive ka-boom inside the house altered the evidence and sent several people to the hospital.
The firefighters needed some decontamination of
the chemical residues. (Express-Times / Wyncoop photo)
The Lehigh Valley Express-Times is reporting:
An injured woman was found at the home, and she was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, police said.
Police developed information that there were other people in the home at the time of the blast. Two men and two more women eventually arrived at the hospital for treatment. The men had fled the explosion in a van that was later found in the parking lot of the Bethlehem Square Shopping Center in the township. It had to be decontaminated by the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory team.
The men were driven to the hospital in another vehicle, police said.
Two Bethlehem police officers who responded to Greenleaf Street were injured; one had chemical burns and the other had symptoms from inhaling chemicals. Both were treated at a hospital and released, police said.
The State Police clandestine laboratory team processed
the evidence on the front sidewalk. (Express-Times / Wojcik)
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