The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police and federal authorities ordered
evacuations and responded in force to a report of hazardous
materials Tuesday night but later determined that the materials
appeared to be part of a drug lab.
Police watching a suspected chop shop in the Tacony section of
the city along the Delaware River shortly after 8:30 p.m. found
barrels containing chemicals they feared might be explosive.
"On the face of it, it appears the chemicals are prescursors to
the manufacture of methampehtamine and/or ecstasy," said Inspector
Joe O'Connor of the police counterterrorism bureau.
Two men from New York were arrested.
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Police had started an evacuation of the block where the
building was located but soon canceled it after determining there
was no danger of explosion. The FBI and other federal authorities
were also notified.