BERKELEY, Mo. (KSDK) - Firefighters and police in Berkeley responded to a fire alarm at Boeing Co. Wednesday only to discover chemicals that could be used to make methamphetamine.
According to Col. Frank McCall Jr., Berkeley Chief of Police, the fire alarm went off around 10 a.m. Firefighters found chemicals inside the building tied to the making of meth.
The police department was contacted and later removed those chemicals. This was not thought to be a working meth lab.
A Boeing employee was taken into police custody, police said.
Experts from St. Charles County were called in to examine the chemical components.
McCall did not specify which chemicals were found and why authorities think they could be connected to brewing meth. He said the matter is a Boeing personnel issue.
Boeing released the following statement that afternoon: "Local law enforcement agencies were contacted earlier today to investigate suspicious items discovered by Boeing fire officials in an office area following a fire alarm activation. Boeing is cooperating with law enforcement officials as they continue their investigation. Boeing St. Louis continues normal operations."
Wednesday evening the Berkeley police chief told NewsChannel 5's Casey Nolen the chemicals found were a hoax by an employee with a vendetta against another employee.