Methamphetamine lab awareness

Be aware

More and more illegal methamphetamine labs are being set up on public lands - state forests, state parks, wildlife managements areas, etc.

While out hunting, hiking, nature viewing or doing other outdoor activities, if you see what appears to be a methamphetamine lab, contact your local law enforcement agency or conservation officer immediately.

Minnesota Department of Health meth lab information

Items to watch for

Signs of a methamphetamine lab include large quantities of common household products. Used as designed, these household products are generally safe. Mixed together, they can become explosive and/or give off toxic fumes.


  • Acetone
  • Alcohol (isopropyl or rubbing)
  • Common cold pills containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine
  • Drain cleaner (sulfuric acid)
  • Engine starter (ether)
  • Iodine
  • Heet/gasoline additives (methanol/alcohol)
  • Lithium batteries
  • Matches (red phosphorous)
  • Muriatic acid
  • Anhydrous ammonia
  • Red Devil lye
  • Salt (table or rock)
  • Sodium metal
  • Trichloroethane (gun cleaning solvent)
  • Toluene


  • Aluminum foil
  • Blender
  • Bottles
  • Cheesecloth
  • Coffee filters
  • Funnels
  • Gas can
  • Hot plate
  • Jugs
  • Paper towels
  • Propane tank/thermos
  • Pyrex dishes
  • Rubber gloves/tubing
  • Strainer
  • Tape/clamps
  • Thermometer

(Page prepared with information provided by the Chisago County Sherriff's office.)