Chemical Attack Injures Eight In Chillicothe
by Lisa Roberson, (30 Jun 2006) Newark Advocate Ohio
CHILLICOTHE -- Police say a chemical attack by a man Thursday once again illustrates the dangerous nature of the chemicals used to make illegal drugs.
David W. Howard Jr., 29, of South Salem, has been charged with two counts of felonious assault as a result of the 3 a.m. attack at an apartment complex. Police Capt. Tom Hewitt said Howard is the person who threw an unknown chemical on a man and a woman and caused them to be sent to a Columbus hospital with chemical burns.
"The attack was drug-related," Hewitt said, adding the scene was "mass chaos" when officers and firefighters arrived. The attack apparently started after an argument on how to make methamphetamine, and police say Howard threw the chemical.
The process can sometimes have explosive consequences as dangerous chemicals such as anhydrous ammonia are used to make the drug. Still, cookers are known to "cook" in their homes and cars, among other places. The wrong combination of chemicals can cause a dangerous reaction.
Hewitt said items used to make drugs were found nearby in the car of a suspect involved. The car is thought to be a mobile lab used for cooking the drug.
In all, eight people were injured in the attack, including a child hospitalized with breathing problems after inhaling the chemical, but some refused treatment, Hewitt said. Six people had been treated at local hospitals.
Two firefighters also were treated as the result of inhaling fumes at the scene.
The names of the victims were not released. Police think they know what chemical was sprayed, but they are waiting to release the information after tests confirm the substance.
A second man -- Robert S. Silcott, 29, of 2843 Ohio 207, Lot 26 -- was held in connection with a failure to appear warrant on a petty theft charge, but he has not been charged with anything in connection with the attack.
Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.