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Stow Police: Suspected Bomb Actually Portable Meth Lab

Police say the items found in a box at Circle K on Feb. 18 were consistent with those used to produce methamphetamine.

It turns out the suspected bomb found in a wooded lot near the Fishcreek Road Circle K on Presidents Day was actually a portable meth lab.

The duct-taped, brick-shaped box – found inside a backpack by a passerby – contained lighter fluid, drain opener, coffee filters and two-liter pop bottles stained with residue, the Stow Sentry reports.

Under this "shake and bake" method, noxious chemicals are mixed and shaken up in a pop bottle to produce methamphetamine.

On Feb. 18, the Summit County Bomb Squad was called to the local gas station and, with the help of an X-ray machine, determined the box contained no explosives.

Kristine Vosecky February 28, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Ugh. Right by two elementary schools. Great.
Leigh Peterson February 28, 2013 at 05:48 PM
I think it's shake & bake, not shake & bank.
John Deike February 28, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Thanks for catching the typo, Leigh. Regards, jD
Brooke Foster March 01, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Something seriously wrong in Stow anymore. Meth heads really make me want to move out to the boonies to raise my children. Cannot believe this is so common in our community. :( It's too bad.

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