The Ithaca Police Department reports that on Wednesday at 3:14 pm officers and Ithaca Fire Department personnel responded to the 100 block of Cherry Street regarding the report of a mobile meth lab inside of a vehicle.
Upon arrival, officers and fire personnel observed a large amount of an unknown liquid spilling from the inside of a vehicle. Emergency personnel on the scene blocked off the area and requested the New York State Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, or CCSERT.
When CCSERT responded they determined that the liquid was volatile, hazardous, and “highly acidic.” They also determined that the liquid was not related to the mobile meth lab, which was located inside the vehicle. New York State Environmental Conservation responded to the scene and are working to identify the makeup of the liquid.
The EnCon team was called to decontaminate the scene. One Ithaca resident, who is still nameless, was charged with putting noisome or unwholesome substance or maintaining noisome business on or near highway, which is an unclassified misdemeanor of the New York State Environmental Conservation law.