An explosion tore through a government lab in Maryland this weekend, and Montgomery County Police say they're investigating whether the blast was related to the manufacture of drugs.
The explosion occurred about 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the Gaithersburg, Md. campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a federal entity that's part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, a NIST representative confirmed.
Police and firefighters responded and found a blast shield inside a NIST building had flown about 25 feet, indicating a powerful blast.
"We are looking at the possibility that this was some sort of chemical reaction due to the manufacturing of drugs," Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks said.
A member of the NIST security force suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the NIST representative said.
Federal law enforcement sources told News4 that pseudoephedrine, drain opener and a recipe for methamphetamine were found inside the lab, and that the NIST officer was found with burns to his hands and arms.