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Chemical Attack Injures Eight in Chillicothe

  1. Powder_Reality
    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.

Comments

  1. Abrad
    What kind of an idiot does something like this while trying to make drugs?
  2. old hippie 56
    Reminds swim of a incident years ago, while dreaming he was bagging up a product, ex-girlfriend started banging on the door. Swim almost died of a damn heart attack. Woke the neighbors up, dogs barking. Someone called the damn cops reporting a domestic problem. Swim done some slick talking that night. At least they didn't go in the damn house.
  3. Nagognog2
    This sort of thing is why I have a hard time lumping meth users together with the users/explorers of other molecules that I wouldn't hesitate to defend. It's this kind of shit that perpetuates the so-called "War on Drugs." People who do this are OUR enemies, as well. I am drawing a line right there.
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