Man injured in meth-lab explosion

Published 4:12 pm Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A Gautier man was in fair condition following an explosion at a meth lab, authorities said Monday.

Tony Williams suffered burns to his face, arms, chest and legs, when authorities say the lab apparently exploded in his face. He was in the surgical intensive care unit at Ocean Springs Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Gautier Police Department received calls reporting an explosion on Laurel Glen Road Sunday evening.

Agents with Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County went to the Ocean Springs Hospital and spoke with Williams, who directed investigators to his home.

At the home authorities discovered the explosion’s remains, said Task Force Cmdr. Curtis Spiers. They saw burns and scorching leading from the master bedroom, out a rear door and into the backyard. Agents found evidence which confirmed that Williams had manufactured meth numerous times at his home.

“We’ve received calls from his neighbors about his making meth,” Spiers said.

In a press release Spiers said it appeared Williams was in the bedroom with the meth lab when the explosion occurred. Williams did manage to put out the fire using an extinguisher and garden hose.

Charges against Williams are pending, Spiers said.