Fire Spokesman Brick Lewis shuts down block of Laurel Street because of hazardous chemicals
Drums of the chemical piperidine were found behind the law offices of Dick Harpootlian.
By: Matthew Harvey
The Columbia Fire Department shut down streets and evacuated buildings after the drums of dangerous chemicals were found. Five drums of piperidine, the primary chemical used in the manufacturing of the drug PCP, were behind the law offices of Dick Harpootlian.
Fire Department spokesman Brick Lewis said the 1400 block of Laurel Street was shut down and three buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
"We've also closed off foot and vehicle traffic to that 1400 block of Laurel," Lewis said.