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Clandestine Drug Labs Present Hidden Dangers for Firefighters

By Tim Hadlock Firefighters and emergency responders face new dangers every day of their career, but it is the obscured dangers of clandestine laboratories that have become the most dangerous to emergency responders in today's times. The increase in the number of illegal clandestine laboratories since the 1960s has been dramatic. Clandestine labs are used to produce deadly toxins and improvised explosive devices, but their main use is for the production of illicit drugs. The obscured dangers for firefighters range from hidden chemical and explosive hazards to the inability to recognize a potential clandestine lab before it is too late. These labs can be found anywhere--from a car trunk to...

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