Bomb disposal unit called to university after drug lab find

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A student from the University of Aberdeen has been detained under the Mental Health Act after he was reportedly caught trying to make crystal meth in his dorm room.

According to Scottish newspaper The Daily Record, university officials evacuated 35 students from their rooms at the halls of residence where the stimulant, which is most commonly used to heighten sexual pleasure, was being made.

A team of military bomb disposal experts based in Edinburgh were deployed following concerns that the chemicals used to make the lethal drug would cause an explosion.

The class A drug, formerly known as methamphetamine is made up of highly volatile, toxic substances which can lead to paranoia, kidney failure, violence, internal bleeding and less inhibited sexual behaviour.

A spokeswoman for the university told Yahoo! News that Police first arrived on the scene at around 6pm on Saturday. "One of our students was behaving in a way that was causing concern and he has been taken into care."

"Students affected by the evacuation of the block at Hillhead Halls of Residence have been temporarily given alternative accommodation to allow police to ensure that the area is safe for their return."

"The University is co-operating fully with Grampian Police."

The suspect, whose identity is currently being concealed by police, is thought to be a chemistry student.

Bomb disposal unit called to university after drug lab find - Yahoo! News UK
 
#2
The good old British Student using applied knowledge and ingenuity to pay his loans

What do they do? send him to the nut house.
 
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Nice of the media to use the wrong library picture. The Navy don't cover Aberdeen.
 
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A student from the University of Aberdeen has been detained under the Mental Health Act after he was reportedly caught trying to make crystal meth in his dorm room.

According to Scottish newspaper The Daily Record, university officials evacuated 35 students from their rooms at the halls of residence where the stimulant, which is most commonly used to heighten sexual pleasure, was being made.

A team of military bomb disposal experts based in Edinburgh were deployed following concerns that the chemicals used to make the lethal drug would cause an explosion.

The class A drug, formerly known as methamphetamine is made up of highly volatile, toxic substances which can lead to paranoia, kidney failure, violence, internal bleeding and less inhibited sexual behaviour.

A spokeswoman for the university told Yahoo! News that Police first arrived on the scene at around 6pm on Saturday. "One of our students was behaving in a way that was causing concern and he has been taken into care."

"Students affected by the evacuation of the block at Hillhead Halls of Residence have been temporarily given alternative accommodation to allow police to ensure that the area is safe for their return."

"The University is co-operating fully with Grampian Police."

The suspect, whose identity is currently being concealed by police, is thought to be a chemistry student.

Bomb disposal unit called to university after drug lab find - Yahoo! News UK
Yet more accurate reporting - not....

"methamphetamine is made up of highly volatile, toxic substances" - no, it's not...it's made of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen. Methamphetamine is made using toxic substances, is not made up of them. Methamphetamine is also a medicine, known as Desoxyn, although rarely prescribed.

Never let the science get in the way of a good line..
 
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Nice of the media to use the wrong library picture. The Navy don't cover Aberdeen.
Maybe not on this occasion but, with joint-tasking, it depends on availability as to who gets the shout. The patch of the Faslane-based Northern Diving Group (NDG) covers all of Scotland. If they had a team collecting pyros or dealing with a trawled-up mine at Aberdeen, it might easily have been the closest unit available.
RN website said:
...Northern Diving Group personnel can deal with any device, whether it is a terrorist bomb or a World War 2 mine in a fishing net 50 metres below the surface of the ocean. The Group has also had personnel conducting EOD operations in Iraq with the Joint EOD Group...

...The Group can also conduct operations against terrorist devices using all modern methods of Bomb Disposal, such as with robots and protective suits. The team has been involved in a number of high profile situations and routinely deals with suspect packages.

All Clearance Divers conduct Joint EOD training with the Army and Royal Air Force before they learn their specialist underwater skills...
 
#11
If "breaking bad" is accurate, isn't there a toxic gas risk too?
 
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Ah Hillhead :) My former home ... Never Change :)

The place itself seems to attract both tragedy and nutters though... during my year there at least three people died, one falling out a window, and one dying in his room and not being found for weeks, one guy died up a mountain and there were suicide attempts every other week.

I know its a student village and drugs are therefore bound to be in abundance but Hillhead seemed to be completely saturated with them. Certain blocks were worse than others and Esslemont where this happened was one of those blocks.

I remember being invited to a room party in the basement of my block the first night I was there, me and 2 guys went down to see what the craic was and erm, discovered it was a crack party! bongs everywhere, coke being done off the desk and some guy who wanted to stroke my mates face. We exited sharpish claiming we had made plans to get the bus to town.

It was definitely the Royal Navy who attended according to friends who still live there, they photographed one of their vehicles and stuck it on facebook.

And Mrrandom...no prizes for guessing where or who you nicked this news gem from ya tea leaf! :)
 
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Ah Hillhead :) My former home
The place itself seems to attract both tragedy and nutters though

And Mrrandom...no prizes for guessing where or who you nicked this news gem from ya tea leaf! :)
Point 1 - you said it
Point 2 - google news??
 
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If "breaking bad" is accurate, isn't there a toxic gas risk too?
I know its highly explosive and meth labs have been known to go up with the smallest of sparks, but I suspect your correct about the toxic bit as when you see a clan lab unit go in the are in full CBRN suits
 
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If "breaking bad" is accurate, isn't there a toxic gas risk too?
Breaking Bad is not entirely accurate. That said, there is a risk of nasty vapours - but it is much over-hyped by the media. I read the coverage of this story in a link I followed - the online Daily Record - and the over-emotive, misleading language was ridiculous.

I know its highly explosive and meth labs have been known to go up with the smallest of sparks, but I suspect your correct about the toxic bit as when you see a clan lab unit go in the are in full CBRN suits
The explosion risk comes - in the main - from the solvents that are used...which are often warmed, heated. The chemical procedure itself is not explosive, although is potentially exothermic in its initial stages (also, pressure can be generated in one of the current methods sweeping the states).
The full-on chem suits/all-over body condoms are - in most cases - overkill, but it makes for good media coverage and scares people.

EDIT:- All that said, there is - as with a lot of substances - more than one synthesis that can lead to the final substance, and the various risks would depend on which one the individual was following in this instance.
 
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I'm intrigued as to why there was any EOD involvement in this incident, Army or Navy, in the first place. I would have thought that this would have been the remit of the local fire service. Presumably it was initially thought he may have been manufacturing something a bit more serious than crystal meth?
 
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I'm intrigued as to why there was any EOD involvement in this incident
Someone clearly agrees with you, that's why they tasked the Navy to ensure the lowest level of EOD involvement.
 
#19
Someone clearly agrees with you, that's why they tasked the Navy to ensure the lowest level of EOD involvement.
Funny but fair
 
#20
He chose to go to Aberdeen. That alone should have been grounds to detain him under the MHA.

Still, once the fee cap is lifted north of the border we can look forward to more unorthodox methods of paying off those student debts. I foresee a boom year for lapdancing patrons. And home made explosives, obviously.

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