Residents forced from apartments can return after meth toxins cleared

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) - Some St. Charles residents evacuated from their homes Sunday night won't be allowed to return for awhile. Police say they found a meth lab in an apartment in the 300 block of South Fourth Street. Because of that, the property owner has to hire a qualified company to test each unit for chemical contamination. The owner has up to twenty days to get the testing done.

Meantime, all eight families in the apartment building have been displaced. The Red Cross is providing shelter for some residents. Others are living with friends and family.

Police discovered the alleged meth lab after receiving a call about an armed man holed up in his apartment threatening to harm himself and any police who arrived on the scene. After negotiations failed, authorities threw a flash bang into the 26-year-old man's apartment forcing him out.

He was taken to the hospital with burns over his body and was listed in serious condition Monday afternoon.

Residents won't be allowed back into their homes until they are deemed safe. At this point, it is not clear how long that will take.

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