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Meth lab explosion guts Bristol trailer; one suffers severe burns

Rain Smith • Jul 20, 2010 at 1:58 AM

A methamphetamine cooking operation exploded Tuesday morning within a mobile home in eastern Sullivan County, sending one occupant to the hospital with severe burns.

The blast occurred at about 6:30 a.m. in Dixon Park, 496 Bristol Caverns Highway, Bristol, Tenn. According to Hank McQueen, director of the 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force, central dispatch received a call of explosions at lot No. 15.

Hickory Tree and Sullivan East Volunteer Fire Departments responded, finding the mobile home engulfed in flames. Investigators with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office quickly determined the cause of the explosion to be a meth lab, then called in the Drug Task Force.

McQueen said four adults were in the residence when the incident occurred. Three made it out safely, with one male suffering severe burns. He was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center, and according to McQueen, will likely be transported to another facility for additional treatment.

The other individuals were held for decontamination and questioning. A neighboring trailer sustained two broken windows and melted underpinning.

The incident remains under investigation with charges pending.

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