2012-08-02 / Local & State

Pa. Hotel Evacuated After Suspected Meth Lab Found

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Several hundred guests were evacuated from a Philadelphia hotel after authorities found volatile chemicals that they said appear to have been part of a portable methamphetamine lab.

Officials said the Hampton Inn in the center of the city was evacuated just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday after workers found chemicals and materials for the “shake-and-bake” method of producing the drug.

Chief inspector Joseph Sullivan told The Philadelphia Inquirer that hotel rooms are often used to produce the drug, a process that can result in toxic fumes and explosions.

He said a 26-year-old man who rented the room Friday night was in custody and another suspect is being sought.

No injuries were reported, and guests in all but a few rooms were allowed to return several hours later.

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