Materials identified after Reno hazmat incident

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- The Reno Fire Department has determined the nature of the materials that led to a hazardous materials call, but they don't know what the materials were to be used for.

The Reno Fire Department is on the scene of a hazardous materials situation on the 1400 block of West Fourth Street. Photo by Abel Garcia/KOLO.

Division Chief Steve Leighton says two substances were found in jugs in a parking lot; they were nitric acid, a liquid, and ammonium sulfide, a powder. He says they can be used for a variety of things, including as part of a mixture to make methamphetamine, but also as part of a substance used to melt jewelry into gold bars.

Reno Police detained and questioned two people who left the materials in the parking lot, but don't have an solid answer yet about the intended use. No one has been arrested, but the investigation continues.

A hazmat team responded to the call shortly before 8:15PM September 27, 2018 on W. 4th Street just west of Keystone Ave. REMSA says a person at Lyons Crest Mobile Home Park had a hazardous substance on his or her face and was treated on the scene.

Sparks Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, and Reno Police closed area roads as a precaution.



The Reno Fire Department is on the scene of a hazardous materials situation on the 1400 block of West Fourth Street. Photo by Abel Garcia/KOLO.