Meth Lab-Related Explosion Kills One Man

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 16, 2006 at 12:26 AM EST

Police find lots of evidence that the manufacture of methamphetamine could have caused a deadly explosion at 426 Conklin Avenue in Binghamton.

A state police team called C-CSERT found chemicals used to make methamphetamine like starter fluid and cold medicine.

Also, meth oil which is the unfinished drug.

C-CSERT specializes in cleaning up drug labs like this.

"This is an unknown environment. You'll have ether, coleman fuel, naptha, taluleine, highly flamable substances." says Captain Richard Nuzzo of the New York State Police.

No member of C-CSERT team has been injured during a cleanup in New York.

But, the death of Joshua Lamberg is the first caused by a meth lab since the team formed in 1999.

This is the 2nd time in less than a week that a meth lab has been found in a populated Broome County neighborhood.

Labs are more commonly found in rural areas.

"This is a wake up call for us," says Nuzzo.

Binghamton Assistant Police Chief Joe Zikuski says Binghamton Police Officers will need new training to spot meth labs on any call.

"They'll go on just a domestic call which is the majority of our work, and the stuff that's used to make these chemicals and drugs, methamphetamine, is right out in the open," says Zikuski.

Explosions like the one on Conklin Avenue account for 15% drug lab discoveries in New York.

Police say the home belongs to 25 year old April Tambeay, who escaped the fire.

She told police Lamberg was staying with her for a while.

At this time, Tambeay has not been charged.

Uncovering that Binghamton meth lab is the latest in a string of meth-related incidents during the last week.

4 homes were raided Thursday and Friday in Broome and Chenango counties resulting in the arrest of several people.

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