Abandoned van found full of smoke

By: Conroy Delouche Email
By: Conroy Delouche Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Smoke was found pouring from a van in a south Knoxville parking lot.

The question is, could meth be the cause?

It happened in the 100 block of Maryville Pike just off Chapman Highway.

You could clearly see funnels, cleaner and bottles from the road near the van. Those are typical household items, but they are also ingredients used to make meth.

"I wouldn't know a meth lab if I tripped over it," said John Cancelmo who saw the smoke. "You know I was a little worried it was going to blow up, just a lot of smoke," said the man.

When the smoke dissipated-- firefighters got to work decontaminating the materials.

"I got home to find the police surrounding a building across from our house," said April Hamilton, who lives nearby on Maryville Pike.

Hamilton says she was scared, especially for her young daughter.

"So close to home with a four month-old child, yes very frightening," said Hamilton.

No one was hurt. People at the scene told us they've seen the van before, but don't know the driver.

They have not confirmed if it was a meth lab.

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