Congress Demands Answers After Meth Lab Explodes In Federal Building

A suspected meth lab exploded in a federal laboratory Saturday night, and now Congress wants to know why.

Congress opened an investigation into the blast that occurred at a laboratory on the National Institute of Standards and Technology campus in Gaithersburg, Md., after initial reports that it was caused by a security guard manufacturing drugs.

On Wednesday, Rep. Lamar Smith sent a formal letter to Penny Pritzker, secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, which oversees the NIST, demanding to know exactly what was going on.

“If these initial reports are verified, the fact that this explosion took place at a taxpayer funded NIST facility potentially endangering NIST employees is of great concern,” Smith wrote in his letter.