Police say Edgewater man was making methamphetamine in his basement

An Edgewater man was arrested Thursday evening after police say he was making methamphetamine in the basement of his residence.

At around 7:54 p.m., residents of a house in the 3600 block of 7th Avenue called Anne Arundel County Police to report that the man — who police identified as the homeowners' nephew — was acting suspiciously, according to a police statement. After arriving on the scene, officers noticed a chemical odor, and reported that the man admitted to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Police and fire units evacuated the scene and had the residents treated by fire department personnel for potential exposure to hazardous materials. The air quality of the home was also checked and deemed safe, police said.

Joshua Lee Bell, 22, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and illegally manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance.

Investigators claim Bell used several potentially combustible chemicals along with flasks, beakers, tubing and glassware in the operation. Police said the home was being cleaned in an effort to render it safe.

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