Two injured when possible meth lab explodes in Tacoma

Staff writerApril 14, 2014 

A possible methamphetamine lab housed in a trailer behind a South Tacoma home was destroyed in an explosion Monday morning.

STACIA GLENN — Staff writer

Two men were hurt early Monday when a propane tank exploded behind a South Tacoma home.

The blast shattered windows at a neighboring house in the 1000 block of South 88th Street near Yakima Avenue and could be heard more than eight miles away.

A propane tank, inside a 30-foot-long metal trailer stored behind the home, exploded about 1:45 a.m., Tacoma Fire Battalion Chief Jim Zuluaga said. Debris was scattered within a 100-foot radius of the trailer.

One man fled the scene and later was found at South 96th Street and Pacific Avenue South. A second man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries.

The homeowner told investigators he thought the trailer was being used for storage. One of the injured men said he must have forgotten to turn off the propane tank because it exploded when he went to light it Monday morning, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The other man gave a similar story but also admitted to cooking methamphetamine, Cool said. Police initially suspected the blast was caused by an exploding meth lab.

“Our folks and police were unable to find any evidence of drug manufacturing,” Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said later Monday.

Officials with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stopped by to inspect the scene.

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