Discovery of marijuana led to hazardous materials situation in E. Longmeadow

A command post was set up at the East Longmeandow DPW

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team was called in to test the air and materials found in an East Longmeadow home Monday, after town police say they discovered some marijuana growing in the basement.

East Longmeadow Police Sgt. Jeffrey Dalessio told 22News that the issue at 101 Somers Road (Route 83) began Monday night after a girl who lived there was unable to get inside. She went to a neighbor, concerned about her father, and the police were called to the house. Dalessio said that because they were called to do a “well-being check,” they had to go into the house and search the building, though the girl’s father was not there.

Dalessio said that what they did find, however, were a small number of marijuana plants growing in the basement. He explained that officers have become more cautious when approaching places where marijuana is grown, due to the potential presence of molds or chemicals such as liquid fertilizers. For that reason, the hazardous materials team was called in.

At one point, a command post had been set-up at the East Longmeadow Department of Public Works building.

Dalessio said that when he came back, the homeowner was cooperative with police. No charges have yet been filed in the case.

No one was hurt, and after conducting their work, the hazardous materials team gave the “all-clear.”

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