Billy Burden was just trying to cleanup the fence line bordering his family's property in Montgomery County.
"I noticed a bag hanging over the fence in our hay field there," Burden recalled.
But he realized it was no ordinary bag of trash. Burden said it started smoking when he picked it up.
"I started to through it over into the truck to take to my garbage can, and they said it could've exploded. And I think we were very lucky," said Burden.
He later learned there were three bottles still cooking meth and one that had punctured.
It's something that continues to be a big problem for Kentucky counties, despite legislation attempting to curb meth production.
"The legislation in place now will not have a lasting affect on the production of methamphetamine. It doesn't go far enough," said Mount Sterling Police Chief David Charles.
The Mount Sterling Police have had several officers trained specifically for meth lab cleanup, and they've kept busy.
"We're looking at usually two to three hours overtime for three to four people to clean up a lab. And that's not including the amount of time that it takes the other agencies involved," said Charles.
Burden says he recognizes the effort being made by law enforcement to make the community more aware of the problem and commends Mount Sterling Police for the cleanup efforts, but says more could be involved.
"We've got to do something. This is getting awful close to home," Burden said.
To educate the community on the dangers of drugs, workshops are being conducted at the Mount Sterling community center. The next one will be at 7 p.m., August 7. The focus of the meeting will be on the dangers of bath salts.
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