MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Law enforcement in our area are growing more and more used to dealing with meth labs, but Thursday night one sheriff's department had the bizarre, unprecedented and potentially very dangerous instance of someone bringing a meth lab to them.
Keith and Melissa Stout say they often pick up trash left along their driveway by Route 248 in Long Bottom.
That's what they thought they were doing Thursday night.
Melissa says she and her husband were returning home when they saw what they thought was a bag of trash. Melissa says she got out, picked it up, and brought it into their truck.
Keith said he thought it looked like it could be meth.
They say they didn’t know what to do, so the couple drove what turned out to be an active mobile meth lab 15 miles to the Meigs County Sheriff's Department in Pomeroy.
"I don't know anything about drugs, especially meth," Keith said.
After they arrived, part of the block was shut down, the sheriff’s office was locked down, emergency crews arrived to handle the meth lab, and the couple was taken to the hospital to be decontaminated.
The couple was shocked when they found out how much danger they'd been in.
"They’re very hazardous materials,” Sheriff Keith Wood said. “They could blow up, catch fire. You shake it and get some air into it, it's going to expand and blow up.”
"We didn't know all we should know about it,” Melissa said. “We just thought we were doing the right thing by taking it to the sheriff's office. We had no idea it could explode.”
“This was the most scared to death I was in my whole life," Keith Stout said.
The sheriff says if you ever come across anything like that, try not to touch it yourself, and call 911 and wait for law enforcement to arrive.
There’s no word yet on where that meth lab may have come from or who left it there.
It started about 8:30 p.m., when a couple found an active meth lab in their driveway. Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood tells WSAZ.com the couple didn't know what to do with it, so they brought it to his office in Pomeroy, 15 miles away.
Because of the danger of an active meth lab, 2nd St. in Pomeroy and the Sheriff's office were shutdown while the lab was neutralized. The couple was taken to the hospital to be decontaminated.
No one was hurt in the incident.
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