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Meth detected in air ducts of Boulder's main library, prompting closure

After air ducts in six restrooms in Boulder's main library tested positive for unsafe methamphetamine levels, the city closed down the building as a precaution.
The Boulder Public Library main branch as seen at night

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder's main library is closed after environmental testing showed methamphetamine use in the building's bathrooms. 

City staff said in a news release that the closure was done out of "an abundance of caution," and for the public's safety. They're not sure how long the closure will last.  

The library at 1001 Arapahoe Ave. was closed after staff received results from tests it ordered of air ducts in six restrooms located around the building. 

Tests showed that the residue inside the air ducts had "higher than acceptable levels of methamphetamine," according to city staff. 

"The testing stems from a recent spike in reports of individuals smoking in public restrooms over the past four weeks. On two occasions, city employees were evaluated and cleared of ongoing health concerns after experiencing symptoms consistent with a potential exposure to meth residue or fumes," the news release said.

The Meadows, George Reynolds and NoBo Corner libraries will remain open.

The city said employees of the main library will be reassigned to other locations or work from home. 

The city said there is no indication that people who have been in the library and its restrooms in recent weeks face significant health risks. Symptoms of exposure to low levels of meth contamination include: 

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue


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