A first-grade teacher at the Mitchell Neilson Primary School, in Murfreesburo, Tenn., found an odd object on the school's playground as her students were playing during recess.
According to WSMV
, the teacher was unsure of what it was, so she brought the plastic soda bottle and plastic tubing to the school's assistant principal's office.
A police officer at the school immediately knew the items were pieces of a "shake and bake" meth lab.
The items were brought out behind the school and Hazmat crews were called to the building to check out the objects; the mobile meth lab was confirmed. No drugs were found in the bottle, said authorities.
It seems the person(s) who brought the "shake and bake" meth lab to school property may have been using the rock salt that maintenance staff were using to prevent weeds and grass from growing in the mulch. Police indicated rock salt is a component used to make meth.
"It is possible the person making the meth knew this and came here to seek out the rock salt to make the drug," Sgt. Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro police spokesman said, reported WSMV.
Police are unsure whether or not the meth was made on school grounds or if someone had tossed the remnants onto the playground, reported News Channel 5
"Anytime you have meth, it is a very serious issue," said Evans, who noted this is the first time this kind of incident occurred at the school. "When you add a school, and someone doing this recklessly on a school playground, it makes it that much worse."
Fortunately, no children appear to have come in contact with the meth components. This investigation is ongoing.
labs are an ongoing problem. Due to the high probability of explosion, in addition to the hazardous fumes created, mobile meth labs put the public at risk. Meth-makers tend to use this "one pot" method in cars, stores and even under jackets or in purses
. Unfortunately, they often end up leaving their meth lab bottles in public places, such as school playgrounds.