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Hazmat situation connected to illicit drugs in Amherst

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AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

An investigation continues after hazmat crews were called to an Amherst apartment complex.

Police say evidence of potentially hazardous materials -- related to illicit drugs -- were found in the home. Neighbors tell us they can't believe that this would happen in their own tight-knit community.

[READ MORE: Hazmat team assist police with investigation on Belchertown Rd. in Amherst]

But police say the investigation is far from over.

"You kind of don't expect that to be in Amherst, Mass....it is a bit surprising." 

Emergency crews surrounded the Windham House Apartments -- which is a part of the Colonial Village Apartment complex Tuesday night.

"It was like 2 fire trucks, more than 4 police cars," Alice Maldonado explains to Western Mass News.

Police were called to check on the well-being of a mother and her young child. When officers arrived they allegedly found evidence of potentially hazardous material connected to illicit drugs in the apartment.

The building was quickly evacuated ...

"They blocked here, they blocked the other side," Maldonado says. 

Law enforcement executed a search warrant for manufacturing of illegal narcotics. 

Amherst police tell Western Mass News they are unsure what the substance is at this time, but it appears there may have been an attempt to concoct methamphetamine lab.

There was no meth found, however the evidence is being analyzed.

"It is scary. I always felt safe. And now, I'm like, what's happening?" the resident tells us. 

Neighbors are still piecing together how this all happened in their quiet community.

"Super quiet...Very peaceful. Nice I feel safe here. I've been living here for years now. My son is 18 and I moved in when he was a year and a half," she explains to us. 

The investigation continues here in Amherst.

Police say no arrests have been made at this time.

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