Hazmat crew swarms duplex, one arrest made

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 9/10/18

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a HazMat situation on Spring Place Road late Sunday night.The incident, which took place at a duplex located on the 3200 block of Spring Place Road, …

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Hazmat crew swarms duplex, one arrest made

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The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a HazMat situation on Spring Place Road late Sunday night.

The incident, which took place at a duplex located on the 3200 block of Spring Place Road, involved a number of chemicals present in the residence, according to media reports.

As of Monday, one man was arrested for public intoxication, but his identity has not been released.

According to BCSO public information officer Adam Lewis, a call was made informing the department of an intoxicated man who was looking in windows of residences. When deputies arrived, they arrested the man, as well as learned that he lived in a duplex across the street. 

Lewis said deputies found a number of chemicals and equipment in the residence that could be used for manufacturing drugs. However, Lewis said no methamphetamine was found.

While Lewis said they could not determine exactly what the man was attempting to manufacture, he said the number of chemicals present in the residence was "beyond what the average person would have in a home." The ingredients of the chemicals contain "precursor ingredients to various drugs," Lewis said.

The cleanup was completed by 11 p.m. The residence has been sealed as a protective step, Lewis said.

Lewis told the Cleveland Daily Banner the landlord must have a certified hazmat crew to verify the cleanup has taken care of any chemical residues in the duplex apartment. He said there is no danger to neighboring apartments.

Members of the Bradley County Fire-Rescue and the Tennessee Dangerous Drug Task Force assisted in the cleanup.

The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have been contacted.

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