PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An abandoned meth lab started a fire Tuesday when it was hit by a lawn mower.
Ohio Highway Patrol says about 10:35 a.m. Tuesday, a worker with ODOT was cutting grass along SR 139 when the mower hit an object in the grass.
Investigators say there was a plume of white dust, then a small fireball that came from the object.
The operator moved the mower, then went back to put the fire out and found bags, a bottle and tubing.
The Rubyville Fire Department and Ohio Highway Patrol were called to the scene to determine if the object was a meth lab.
OHP determined it was a meth lab and the Scioto County Sheriff's Office went to the scene to neutralize the lab.
The rider of the mower and the driver of the truck that was following the mower were both taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.