Drug lab explosion could have been a lot worse, say New Westminster police

New Westminster Police say a man has been arrested after reports of an explosion that may be linked to a drug lab

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) – A man has been arrested after police received reports of a possible explosion linked to a suspected drug lab at a New Westminster apartment building Sunday afternoon.

“There was a report of a possible explosion inside of one of the suites, so when officers arrived along with the fire department, they went into the suite that had some smoke coming out of it,” Sgt. Jeff Scott with NWPD says.

Authorities stayed on scene all night guarding the apartments, and police headed back inside for further investigation Monday morning. The scene is still being treated as a suspected drug lab but the chemicals and drug involved are not yet known.

Police surrounds apartment building on Carnarvon St. in New Westminster. Command unit set up. Police dealing with possible drug lab as witness says officers seen going in with hazmat suits. @BT_Vancouver @CityNewsVAN @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/2z623coams

“He was not cooperative with officers, not cooperative with direction from the fire department, and we had to get in there to ensure public safety, to ensure no body else was injured inside or no body else was inside. He was subsequently arrested for drug related offences.”

A number of people were forced from their homes, and emergency crews were called to the area of Carnarvon Street at Elliott Street around 1:00 p.m.

A number of suites were evacuated at a New Westminster apartment building following reports of an explosion, and the investigation of a suspected drug lab. (Source: Trevor Morgan via Twitter)

Investigators have had the building surrounded by yellow police tape as hazmat teams make their way in and out of the complex.

Right now, police are waiting for a search warrant in order to get into one of the suites, which is believed to be where the suspected explosion originated from.

An apartment building on Carnarvon Street is cordoned off with police tape as authorities investigate a suspected drug lab. Nov. 4, 2018.

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Several people were still out of their homes in New Westminster on Monday morning as officials deal with a hazmat incident.

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No one was injured but police say they will be executing a search warrant and examining the scene with a drug lab team.

Residents of an apartment building in New Westminster were evacuated after an explosion that took place yesterday afternoon.

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The explosion, which took place on Sunday, November 4 at around 1 pm, was caused by an alleged drug lab. When police entered the suite, they found evidence indicating the presence and production of narcotics – the man inside the suite was arrested shortly after.

In addition to police, firefighters arrived on scene to evacuate residents from the building. Support services were also present, in order to assist the displaced residents.

“What happened here could have been a lot worse,” said Sergeant Jeff Scott. “Many people could have been injured if the explosion was bigger or if the fire had spread.”

Members of the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) are currently executing a search warrant and investigating the scene. Residents are still displaced, although police hope to have the building reopened later this evening.

The level of contamination, as well as the damage throughout the building, is still waiting to be confirmed.

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