Smelly litter box mistaken for meth lab, neighborhood evacuated

April 14th, 2010 by


WESTLAND, Mich. (NBC) – Hazmat teams tested a Westland, Michigan home after the landlord said she thought the former tenants were running a methamphetamine lab inside.

The fire department, police and Hazmat teams covered from head-to-toe stormed the home on Palmer Street Monday afternoon after receiving a panicked call from the homeowner.

The homeowner, Sue Walters, said she entered the home Monday for the first time in 20 years after kicking the tenants out and discovered a horrific smell.

“It makes me want to throw up. It’s sickening,” said Walters.

Walters said the stench smelled like ammonia, which is a key ingredient in homemade meth.

Authorities tested the home several times and determined the smell was not ammonia.

“Not a meth lab. Just an un-kept house with a lot of cats. The cats urine turned to an ammonia-smell,” said Michael Magda with Western Wayne County Hazmat team.

The scene was cleared, but the home remains uninhabitable at this time.

Walters said she is going to hire a company to clean the home and she hopes to have it rented out again in the near future.

NBC


One Response

  1. linda's roastbeef curtain

    Like the dumbass landlord

    I’m a big fan of Breaking Bad

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