The barrels were found dumped along a narrow lane that leads to one of the many war cemeteries in the area. They had been dumped along with other material that had been set on fire. A passer-by raised the alarm. The Fire Service attended the scene and the blaze was soon under control.
Officers from the Civil Defence Agency removed the barrels. Tests on the contents of the barrels should ascertain their nature. The Federal Judicial Police has launched an investigation.
Barrels containing waste from drugs labs are regularly found in Limburg Province. Recently police in Bocholt found 436 barrels containing between 10,000 and 15,000 litres of waste from the production of synthetic drugs.