- Associated Press - Sunday, April 12, 2015

SANDWICH, Mass. (AP) - Cape Cod firefighters have checked several propane tanks recently over concerns they were damaged by ammonia in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines.

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said Sunday no evidence of ammonia was found in three tanks analyzed Saturday and there’s no indication of a widespread problem.

Sandwich fire Capt. James Huska tells the Cape Cod Times (https://bit.ly/1DVERxz) a propane company reported the suspicious tanks Saturday, one at a hardware store and two at convenience stores. A hazardous materials team and a state bomb squad were called to help.

Yarmouth firefighters checked two tanks last weekend.

Fire departments say meth manufacturers can use up propane, then store anhydrous ammonia in the tanks. That can weaken them, causing a danger of explosion.

Coan said he’s meeting with experts Monday to determine what’s causing the tanks to look suspicious.


Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, https://www.capecodonline.com

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