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Florida Meth Lab Explosion Leaves 35 People Displaced

December 31, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
Florida Meth Lab Explosion Leaves 35 People Displaced Bryan Houck, Denise Hamilton-Lahmadi (top-right) and Krystal Gerhardt - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

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Residents of a small Florida town already rife with methamphetamine labs were displaced after another illicit drug dens exploded early Tuesday morning.

At least 35 people in the town of Stuart in Martin County were evacuated from homes near the explosion at 45 SE Sedona Cir. around 3:30 a.m., according to Martin County Fire dispatch.

Although initial reports described the blast as a meth lab explosion, investigators later determined that the firestorm happened after a suspect in the home attempted to extract THC from marijuana, triggering a butane tank explosion.

Witnesses told police they saw the woman who lives at the home flee in her car as the place burned, authorities told WPTV 5 in West Palm Beach.

Police and fire marshals responded to the scene, but nobody was reported injured.

The explosion is the latest in a string of drug-related problems to befall Stuart, where in November the Martin County Sheriff’s Office shut down two labs in one neighborhood in the same week.

The busts, which resulted in five arrests, followed the take-down in March of a lab just one block away from the other two.

As soon as we find out about a meth lab we move as fast as we can,” Sheriff William Snyder told WPTV5.

“This is in every county in the state of Florida,” he added. “We’ve been very aggressive about pursuing leads.”

From the NY Daily News

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