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Police investigate possible chemical lab in Hinesburg

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HINESBURG, Vt. -

A Hinesburg teen was hospitalized Tuesday after suffering burns in what police call a "possible clandestine lab."

The term is typically used by law enforcement when drugs of an unknown nature are being manufactured.

Police remained in front of a home on Texas Hill road in Hinesburg as the investigation continued.

Neighbors say they heard a pop just after noon Tuesday, which sounded distinctly different from that of a hunter's gunfire.

Police say emergency responders transported 19-year-old Jake Berino to Fletcher Allen Healthcare just prior to 1 p.m. with burn wounds related the incident, but did not indicate the severity.

Responders called in Hazmat teams, but police say there's no threat to neighboring homes.

Police would not indicate what they meant by a secret lab, but the term is frequently used in drug manufacturing investigations where it's unclear what or how much of a chemical is being created.

Berino's facebook page does indicate that he recently "liked" crystal meth, and is a fan of the TV show Breaking Bad - about a chemistry teacher manufacturing methamphetamine to pay for cancer treatments.

Hospital staff say they're unable to provide any details regarding Berino's health, while local and state law enforcement are now referring all questions to the U.S. Attorney.

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