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Check Your Propane Tank Before Using The Grill

Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson

Before you fire up the grill this weekend for the Fourth of July, you may want to take a closer look at your propane tank. Area law enforcement agencies tell us drug addicts use these tanks to cook meth and then try to sell them.

Here's how they do it: they buy the tank, empty out the propane, steal some anhydrous ammonia from someone's farm, cook the meth and either throw the tank out or try to sell it at a garage sale.

The anhydrous ammonia corrodes the brass fittings on the tank, and that is where it becomes dangerous in the wrong hands.

Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson says since propane tanks are pressurized, the corroded brass fittings could explode and be deadly.

Sheriff Richardson says if the brass fittings on the tank are blue or green, that is a tell-tale sign it previously contained the anhydrous ammonia.

If you have a tank like that, he says back away from it immediately and then call law enforcement.

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