Bottles used to make meth found on Brevard beach

Brevard County Sheriff's Office bomb squad investigates

Author: Justin Warmoth, Reporter, jwarmoth@wkmg.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:32:04 AM EST   Updated On: Aug 28 2013 06:25:07 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -

Four bottles that appear to be related to cooking methamphetamine were found Wednesday morning on the beach near Cape Canaveral, officials said.

At around 9:30 this morning, police responded to Jetty Patrick Park in Port Canaveral after a volunteer trash crew picked up a water bottle with an acidic liquid that melted their trash bag. 

After finding similar devices 2 miles south at Cherie Down Park in Cape Canaveral, police immediately shut down both parks and called in the bomb squad. 

"I pulled up in my car and saw a couple of police officers looking through the garbage cans and when I got out of my car the officer told me to leave the park immediately," said beach goer Laurie Smith. 

After searching from Port Canaveral to Patrick Air Force Base, investigators found 2 devices at each of the parks. 

Once the bottles were examined by bomb technicians, it was determined that the suspicious device was used to cook methamphetamine. 

"What they do is put the ingredients in here (the bottle) and over a period of time a reaction occurs. They skim the meth off of the top and what's left over is trash as far as they're concerned," said Dan Wheeler, a bomb technician with the Brevard County Sheriffs Office. 

Wheeler says the bag started to smoke when some of the acid left behind leaked out and reacted with some of trash. 

Although the devices are not explosive, police are warning folks that they are still harmful and should be reported immediately.