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150 evacuated after meth lab found in Hudson apartment

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HUDSON, Mass. (WHDH) -

Dozens were evacuated from their homes after hazardous chemicals were found in an apartment in Hudson.

“The fire department responded and believed it was cooking smoke. Turns out it was cooking smoke but coming from an illegal meth cook,” said Hudson Police Chief David Stephens.

The 911 call came in a little after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

"It was an immediate get everybody out of the building. It was quick, it was fast," one resident said.

About 150 people were told to evacuate. Elvira Susa, who has lived in the apartment complex for six years, was one of them.

“I didn’t want to come out, but I had to,” Susa said.

HazMat teams were called in to deal with the suspected meth lab. Crews had to work overnight to ensure the complex was safe and stable.

The fire department set up a shelter at a nearby school. Displaced residents were angry their homes and lives were placed at risk.

“It's very unstable. You don't cook something like that in a senior housing,” a resident said.

Two were taken into custody after officials found the chemicals in what they're calling a possible meth lab. Both Ronald Royse, 46, and Joanna Miles, 44, have been charged with possession and manufacturing.

In court Monday they both pleaded not guilty to the charges. They are being held on high bail and due back in front of a judge later in April.

There were no reports of injuries.

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