A dangerous discovery at a Sioux Falls Park has local authorities sending out a warning. They want to make sure you know how to recognize a mobile meth lab and what to do if you find one.
The site is clear now, but that was not the case this weekend. On Sunday, someone came across evidence of a meth lab at Family Park.
The discovery at the Sioux Falls fishing hole has Sioux Falls Fire Rescue sending out a warning.
"If you see lots of blister packs from Sudafed that’s one of the precursors that they need to make it. If they see a lot of those laying around that's not a normal use of the product and any of the other. If you see several bottles of the camp fuel or drain cleaner, something that just looks out of the ordinary," Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Captain Matt McAreavey said.
McAreavey with the Sioux Falls Fire Department says bottles involved in a recent meth bust are also telltale signs. The containers can be any size, but they tend to be discolored and have a tube of some sort coming from them.
"We recommend that they move away from it immediately; call 911. They dispatch the drug task force; they're the ones that come in. They've been tasked with identifying the site, neutralizing it there," McAreavey said.
He says it's important to stay away from anything you believe might have been used to make meth because the consequences of what could happen if you handle it are severe.
"There are points in the process that it's off-gassing different chemicals and there are inhalation hazards with those chemicals. One of the biggest concerns is the flammability. They're using different products that can ignite and combust," McAreavey said.
And as we've seen in recent weeks, they can be found anywhere; from a busy back alley to a quiet city park.
If you have any information on why someone might have dumped the meth-making materials at Family Park, please call the Sioux Falls Police Department or Crime Stoppers.