TREMONTON -- Multiple agencies were called in Wednesday to investigate an apartment containing dangerous chemicals that could potentially be used to make methamphetamine or explosives.
Tremonton Police Chief David Nance said crews found substantial amounts of several chemicals, including nitric acid, muriatic acid and iodine, at the apartment, on the 100 block of Main St. Not everything needed to make meth or explosives was found, and Nance referred to what authorities discovered as "precursor chemicals" and "bits and pieces."
The man who lived in the apartment where the chemicals were present had been evicted last week, Nance said, and authorities are attempting to contact him for questioning. Police had not determined what charges, if any, would be brought against the man, who has a history of making explosive devices.
Nance said police were notified about the chemicals around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, and crews spent much of the day investigating.
The Utah State University bomb squad was one of the first agencies called in to determine if the chemicals were explosive, Nance said. Once the bomb squad ensured the safety of the apartment, the Box Elder County Narcotics Strike Force went in to retrieve the chemicals while wearing hazmat suits for protection.
Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Tremonton Fire Department also assisted with the investigation.
Other tenants of the apartment building were kept out for much of the day while the investigation took place. The apartment was declared safe by 6:15 p.m., and tenants were allowed back in.
The man suspected of owning the chemicals had lived in the apartment for a couple of years, Nance said, but police were not releasing his name. The investigation is ongoing.