NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - According to Karen Parker-Chesson with the Norfolk Police, officers responded to the 500 block of Eilers Avenue Wednesday around 3 p.m. for an incident she didn't know the nature of.
Witnesses told WAVY.com that the situation was a possible meth lab in the Ben Morell military housing area.
"Whoever the individuals are, can't be from around here, I don't think . Who would do something that close to the Navy Base?" said Eric Jones, who works nearby. "That don't make any sense whatsoever. So I'm very surprised about that."
A red note was posted on the front porch of the house at 528 Eilers Avenue by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration that reads as follows:
A clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of illegal drugs and/or hazardous chemicals was seized at this location.
Known hazardous chemicals have been disposed of pursuant to the law.
However, there still may be hazardous substances or waste products on this property, either in buildings or in the ground itself. Please exercise caution while on these premises.
A green note posted by the Norfolk Fire Marshal's Office on the same front porch reads:
This structure is unsafe or unfit for habitation and its use or occupancy has been prohibited by the FIRE MARSHAL.
It is unlawful to remove, cover, deface or destroy this placard (City Code section 29-75).
Unauthorized persons found on premises will be arrested.
Penalty: Up to $2500 fine and/or 12 months in jail.
Address: 528 Eilers
Parker-Chesson said the scene was cleared around 6:30 p.m.
Just last Tuesday, June 25, HAZMAT crews were called to a suspected meth lab off Forrest Avenue in the Glenwood Park neighborhood, which is only blocks away from the Ben Morell military housing complex.
"My only concern is I have young kids, and I grew up in this neighborhood since I was five. I‘m 41 now. So to have meth labs that close, especially in the neighborhood I grew up in and the one next to us is a big concern," said Glenwood Park Homeowner Ralph Valencia.
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