Leaking bottle closes Walmart on South Main Street in High Point; police originally believed bottle was meth lab

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The Walmart on South Main Street in High Point was evacuated Monday after a suspicious spill.

Around 5 p.m., a man had a liquid coming out of his backpack in the bakery area and tracked the liquid into the bathroom. The man then left the store, leaving the backpack at the store.

Employees weren’t sure what the liquid was so they poured their spill kit on it and it changed color.

Firefighters and police were called in to investigate and the store was evacuated.

High Point police said Monday evening that the liquid came from a small meth operation in a bottle.

However, police later tweeted that further testing determined the substance in the bottle was industrial strength cleaner.

The store was evacuated out of an abundance of caution and no one got sick from the spill.

The Walmart was closed for multiple hours Monday evening. High Point police said around 8 p.m. they are turning to store back over to Walmart staff, who will decide when to reopen.

Police are working to identify the man who had the backpack.

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