RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Garbage poured out of the house and nearly onto the street at 7116 Old Canton Road in Ridgeland on Thursday. DEQ workers sifted through trash to make sure there were no hazardous chemicals.
"Household hazardous waste can go to our landfills. By themselves, they're not too much of a problem, but when you start mixing garbage together you can potentially cause a hazardous situation," said Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality scientist Shannon Lowery.
"We just want to make sure the stuff is handled properly, disposed of properly, without any threat to the environment or the citizens in the City of Ridgeland," said Madison County Emergency Management Director Butch Hammack.
He was called to the house Thursday after a public works employee while clearing the trash was exposed to chemicals and rushed to the hospital.
Hammack said the worker is ok. "It just raised a red flag, Julie, with the history of this house the last two weeks," said Hammack. "What they were doing over here, and the stuff they picked up there was obviously an awareness and a heightened concern."
WLBT first told viewers about the home two weeks ago when Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents found what is known as a "shake and bake" meth lab inside. 44-year-old Merwin Purser was arrested and is now being held at Madison County Jail on $50,000 bond. Tuesday, nervous neighbors called Ridgeland police officers back to the home.
They found homeowner Charles Furlow, a couple of friends and some suspicious white residue in a clear bag and a spoon. MBN officials told WLBT there were remnants of a "shake and bake" meth lab, but not a working lab.
Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Marshall Fisher said they do not expect to charge the homeowner, Charles Furlow, with any crime. Furlow would not make any comment to WLBT.
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