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Muscogee County Prison inmates save the day, uncover discarded meth lab

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Muscogee County Prison inmates saved the day after some quick thinking and alerting authorities about a suspicious package found on the side of the road.

News Leader 9 was the first crew on the scene.

Muscogee County Prison inmates on the trash detail were working on River Road in front of the Riverplace Retirement Residence when they noticed two bottles lying on the side of the road.

Captain Gil Slouchik with the Columbus Police Departments Special Operations Unit says an inmate picked up one of the bottles and opened it; that's when it began to foam and steam. The inmates immediately alerted authorities.

They uncovered what police call "one pot" meth labs.

Better known as the "shake and bake" method, Meth is produced in a two-liter soda bottle.  One false move and the concoction can explode into a large fireball.

Heather Raybon, 31, made national news when her face was destroyed by using the "shake and bake"method. 

According to usatoday.com, up to a third of patients in some burn units are hurt while making Meth.

Traffic was blocked for most of the morning into the afternoon.

Captain Slouchick says it appears someone threw the bottles out of a passing car. He says situations like these are very dangerous as a child could've easily stumbled upon the hazardous materials.

After the scene was neutralized, the GBI was called in to pick up the materials.

The inmate that opened the container was reported as doing fine by authorities. Police have no suspects at this time.

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