- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—An approximate one-block radius in Hazle Township was closed to pedestrians and traffic as law enforcement and emergency responders handled a reported methamphetamine laboratory Monday.

According to West Hazleton police, they were asked to assist other law enforcement agencies at the reported meth lab on Ridge Avenue in the Green Ridge section of the township in the morning. State police at Hazleton and multiple agents with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, the latter of which declined comment, could be found in the area. Law enforcement appeared to have one male in handcuffs and sitting on a chair in the street during the incident though it is unclear if he was charged with anything.

Fire police directed traffic away from the scene, keeping onlookers, including the media, away from the home for what they said were safety reasons. Firefighters from Hazle Township, West Hazleton and Harwood also responded and fired water from hoses onto the home for unknown reasons. Firefighters also declined comment, citing information would have to come from the attorney general’s office. The incident is still under investigation, according to Jeffrey A. Johnson, assistant press secretary at the Office of Attorney General. Johnson said information was expected to be released at a later time.

Later in the afternoon, people wore white full body cleanup suits while they entered the building.

— Amanda Christman


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