Drug lab explosion 'could have been a lot worse,' say New Westminster police

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — Police in New Westminster, B.C., say no one was hurt in a drug lab explosion, but they're warning it could have been a lot worse.

The department says in a news release police and firefighters responded to a blast at an apartment building on Sunday afternoon.

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The release says when officers entered the suite, they saw evidence indicating the presence of a drug lab, and a man inside the suite was arrested.

No residents in the apartment building were injured, but it had to be evacuated and support services were on scene to assist those displaced.

Sgt. Jeff Scott says many residents could have been injured if the explosion were bigger or if fire had spread, and he's encouraging people to call police if they observe any drug activity or suspicious behaviour in their buildings.

Police say they're executing a search warrant and examining the scene with a drug lab team, and they encourage the residents to check with police to determine when it's safe to return home.

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