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2 injured when meth lab explodes

First Posted: 4:38 pm - June 12th, 2015

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Tribune News Service Sgt. Rick Stinson of the Metro Narcotics Task Force in Beulah, Alabama, holds up a large shard of ice methamphetamine seized during a drug bust.

PAGELAND — A Thursday meth lab explosion sent a Chesterfield County man and his 71-year-old mother to the hospital, sheriff’s deputies said.

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at 505 S. Tory Road near Pageland. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies said they encountered Kenneth William Miles, 51, sitting on a couch in the smoke-filled house.

According to sheriff’s office reports, Miles admitted to deputies that the explosion took place as he was manufacturing methamphetamine. Deputies say he was mixing ingredients in a 20-ounce bottle, a process known as “shake-and-bake” manufacturing, when the bottle caught fire and exploded.

Deputies said Miles told them it was only his second time making the drug.

Miles suffered burns in the explosion. Both Miles and his 71-year-old mother — who was also in the house at the time of the explosion — were decontaminated before being taken to Carolinas Medical Center Union in Monroe, North Carolina, for treatment.

Deputies said charges of manufacturing methamphetamine will be filed when Miles is released from the hospital.

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