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Explosion at government lab exposes possible drug-making

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A federal government facility is under investigation for drug manufacturing after an explosion ripped through a lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Saturday.

The federal government facility is extremely secure, but Montgomery County investigators were on site Tuesday looking into what may have been an inside job.

Small explosion at NIST under investigation

People were shocked in a Gaithersburg neighborhood, as workers in hazmat suits entered Special Projects Building 236. The building was the scene of an explosion Saturday night that injured a NIST police officer and left a mystery in its wake.

"Someone may have been attempting to manufacture drugs at that facility and that reaction, fire, explosion, was a part of that process," said Capt. Paul Starks with Montgomery County police.

Police are now investigating whether that NIST police officer, burned in the explosion, was cooking meth inside the government lab.

That NIST police officer was treated and released from a local hospital. There has been no arrests, but the investigation continues.

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