Meth lab explodes in guest room at Holiday Inn www.privateofficer.com
PEABODY, Mass.July 31 2012 - Police evacuated the Holiday Inn on Route 1 in Peabody late Sunday night, after discovering a possible drug lab for making crystal methamphetamine.
Police were forced to order about 200 people out of the hotel.
Peabody police said a hotel security guard noticed smoke coming from a room which led to the discovery of a large amount of “dangerous” chemicals.
“The security officers reported that they saw a large amount of chemicals in the room, which was highly unusual,” said Peabody Police Capt. Dennis Bonaiuto.
Some hotel guests said they heard and felt the explosion.
“We were just watching TV and all of a sudden there was this loud pop, and I actually was alarmed by it,” said hotel guest Jillian Hahn.
After several hours, hotel guests were allowed to return to their rooms.
Bomaiuto said there was no one in the room after the explosion but that the person who checked-in, had done so just hours earlier. Police were trying to figure out if the name used to check-in was legitimate.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are assisting in the investigation.