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DEQ seeking information after sixteen 55-gallon drums containing unidentified liquids found at OKC property

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is seeking information in an illegal dumping case in Oklahoma City.

"There are sixteen drums. Some of them were leaking," said Michael Freeman, an investigator with DEQ.

The 55-gallon drums were placed at a property located at 3400 N.E. 4th St. According to the DEQ, they contain unidentified liquids; some of which are clear, while others are described as a black, tar-like substances.

"It was the business across the street that called and noticed them," said Freeman.

It's believed they were placed there around Thanksgiving.  DEQ officials gathered two sets of samples that will be assessed in the State Environmental Laboratory to determine what exactly the liquids are.

"Coordinating some of the information we've gotten off the containers, it appears to be construction-related," said Freeman.

Investigators are currently following up on several leads from evidence gathered at the scene.

What's inside the drums will determine what's in store for the person or persons responsible.

"If it's a non hazardous waste, we're looking at basically a littering charge. It'd be a misdemeanor," explained Freeman. "If it's hazardous waste, it's a felony. Not only unlawful disposal but also unlawful transportation of hazardous waste."

Anyone with any information regarding the case should contact Investigator Michael Freeman of DEQ’s Criminal Investigation Unit at (405) 702-1176. Callers may remain anonymous.