Methamphetamine lab awareness

Be aware

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

While out hunting, hiking, nature viewing, riding, 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 Sheriff's office.)

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