A late-spring walk in the village of Endicott resulted in the surprising discovery of a soda bottle that apparently had been used by someone to make meth.

Authorities say a woman who was walking on North Nanticoke Avenue found the bottle that may have been tossed from a passing vehicle.

The resident didn't notice that the bottle contained a white powdery substance. She brought the bottle home and rinsed it out, intending to return it for the container deposit.

When water was added to the bottle, it began to smoke. The woman capped the container and put it outside before calling 911.

The Endicott police and fire departments secured the area. The state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called to assist.

Police chief Patrick Garey said the woman apparently experienced a sort of burning sensation as she handled the bottle but she was not hurt.

Police are warning people to be careful when handling soda bottles or other containers they may find. People who discover bottles that may have been used for the so-called "one-pot method" of producing meth should contact police.

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