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.
Stow police offer tips on what to do when finding suspicious items in public.
No explosives were found after a suspicious package was spotted in a wooded lot near the Fishcreek Road Circle K on Monday afternoon. According to Stow Police Lt. Anne Stirm, a duct-taped, brick-shaped box – found inside a backpack by a passerby – was X-rayed by the Summit County Bomb Squad; and it was determined the package contained nothing harmful. Stow Patch interviewed Stirm via email, asking what advice she had for residents who come across suspicious materials. Stirm submitted the following: To distinguish what may be of a suspicious nature, you must first consider the circumstances. For example, at the time BP had created one of the worst, if not the worst, oil spills in history, there were many threats against BP for the way the…