• Were The Feds Cooking Meth In This Government Lab?

    A police officer landed in a Washington, D.C. hospital Saturday night after an explosion rocked a government campus, and police think someone might have been manufacturing drugs.

    The police officer injured in the blast at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. resigned Sunday morning after being treated for his wounds at a local hospital and being released, The Washington Post reported.

    Montgomery County police and the Drug Enforcement Administration are handling the case, which they believe may be related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

    “This is an open investigation. At this point, we’re not identifying anyone who may be involved. First, we have to look at all the circumstances and determine if what occurred rises to a criminal violation,” Montgomery police Capt. Paul Starks said.

    Around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night a large blast ripped a blast shield out of a wall in NIST Building 236, NBC Washington reports.

    The TV station reported that police found pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in Sudafed, drain cleaner and a recipe for meth inside the building and, when they found the security guard, he had burns on his hands and arms.

    NIST, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce, does a wide variety of testing and experiments, including measurement science. The campus where the explosion occurred is located about 15 miles north of Washington, D.C.

    The security officer was not charged with any crimes in relation to the explosion.

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