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Smelly Motorcyclist Brings Haz Mat Response

"He smelled and reeked of chemicals…."

A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN BUSHKILL TWP., PENNSYLVANIA, Wednesday afternoon caused police to think that the bike was carrying chemicals used to make "meth"  and called out a haz mat response. 

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The Lehigh Valley Express-Times explains:

Bushkill Police Chief Stan Coopersmith said the crash occurred about 4 p.m. at the intersection of Old Allentown and Male roads. The male motorcyclist, who is yet to be identified by police, left the scene and returned to his nearby home in the 300 block of Old Allentown Road.

Coopersmith said the man’s friend returned to the crash scene to pick up the motorcycle, met police and led authorities to the man’s house. At the home, Coopersmith said the man had a strong odor of chemicals coming from his body. "He smelled and reeked of chemicals," Coopersmith said.

At first, according to early reports, the police had feared that the motorcycle was a "mobile meth lab" because the rider was covered with an oily substance and had the unusual chemical smell emanating from his skin.  The biker, along with some other people in the house and the ambulance crew that had treated him were all decontaminated on the site in the home's front yard.

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The full haz mat response brought emergency management officials from three counties along with several haz mat units from surrounding fire departments and an air ambulance.

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No meth lab was found anywhere, nor were any chemicals discovered. Police are still investigating into what the motorcyclist was covered with and why he smelled the way he did.

The Nazareth Patch has MORE.

Hat tip:  Carmine S.

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