Explosion near meth lab sparks 10-acre fire

By Brian Entin - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Chatham County Counter Narcotics Team confirmed Thursday night that a meth lab was found near a 10-acre fire in Bloomingdale.

Officials say the meth lab was found next to a mobile home that exploded. They are still trying to determine how the two are connected.

"It was an explosive type fire and that makes us suspicious. We're talking to one person and there is another person of interest we are looking for," said Julian Miller with Savannah-Chatham Metro Police.

Neighbors in the area reported hearing a loud explosion around 4 p.m.

"It was a real big boom. One big boom. I knew it wasn't a tire that exploded," one neighbor said.

CNT officials say meth labs do have a tendency to explode because of all the gases and chemicals inside.

Neighbors were shocked to learn someone was making drugs in the area.

"This is all family. I don't know anybody back here who does drugs or produces drugs or anything like that," one neighbor said.

Fire crews from Bloomingdale, Effingham County, Pooler, and Port Wentworth fought the blaze into the evening. They say it came very close to Interstate 16.

Official say as of Thursday night, they haven't made any arrests.

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