PRESS RELEASE, 6/10/2008

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters warns the public of possible dangers of propane cylinders

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters wants to alert the public about a possible safety issue with propane cylinders. According to the National Propane Gas Association, there have been reported accidents of propane cylinders being used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Propane tanks are used to store anhydrous ammonia which is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Storing anhydrous ammonia in a propane tank may weaken the cylinder enough to result in an explosion capable of causing serious injury or death to the consumer.


Consumers are advised to carefully inspect propane cylinders for any blue-green or teal colored stain on the cylinder, particularly around the brass valve. An odor of ammonia may also be noticeable. Should you suspect that a propane cylinder has been used to store anhydrous ammonia in the preparation of methamphetamine, do not handle the cylinder and immediately contact your fire department, Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Unit or the United States Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration.

For more information about this possible danger, please refer to the National Propane Gas Association's web site at NPGA.ORG

(Information courtesy of National Propane Gas Association.)