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I-Team takes you inside Toledo Hazmat search

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It's been nearly two months since a HAZMAT investigation at a run-down research lab on Broadway in South Toledo.  The city of Toledo's inspection department has issued orders to fix code violations at the lab.

During the raid in May, investigators say they did not find anything that posed an immediate threat to the public.  For the first time tonight, the 13abc I-team is getting a look inside that lab.  It's a look at exactly what investigators found when they went inside.

Finding chemicals inside the lab were pretty easy.  Some sound scary like this sodium nitroferricynanide which was found inside.

"We did the right thing by going in there with individuals who knew what they were doing," said Eric Zgodzinski, of the Toledo Lucas County Health Department. 

Investigators found Petri dishes, serums that expired in 1989, even holes in the floor covered with grates.

"You see a ton of different chemicals, some of them aren't bad.  Some of them are sugars.  But some of them are bad.  So again it's one of those things where it's a research lab, doing business as a research lab.  And there are things that need to be taken care of with them chemicals," said Zgodzinski. 

The lab's owner, Doctor Prakash Thombre, told me that's what you'll find in a lab, lots of chemicals.  As for the conditions like the roof and floors, he cites financial issues and says he could not keep the place up.  He planned to restart the business and says no one gets in there except himself.  The health department was less optimistic. 

"You had the possibility of someone getting in there.  You saw the chemicals.  You mix a couple of different chemicals, you mix certain household chemicals together and you get a natural reaction.  Can you imagine mixing industrial strength chemical, laboratory strength chemicals?  You are bound to have issues," said Zgodzinski. 

The health department worried about ventilation and the storing of the items.  Dr. Thombre asks if there was such concern about the place why was nothing removed? 

"We're more than willing to help him out as much as we possibly can and make the facility as good as it possibly could be," said Zgodzinski. 

The health department says that it's up to the doctor to dispose of the material properly especially because of the cost to the tax payer for a cleanup like this.  Dr. Thombre still believes is the target of profiling.

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