Man burned in suspected meth-related explosion in Lenoir County, deputies say

POSTED: 1:36 PM Dec 24 2013   UPDATED: 5:47 PM Oct 29 2013
Lenoir County explosion
LENOIR COUNTY -

A man was injured in an explosion at a Lenoir County home that may have been the result of a meth lab, investigators said.

According to the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office, 43-year-old Chad Wesley Williams suffered first and second-degree burns to his legs in the explosion at 743 Tully Hill Rd., southwest of Kinston. Officials got the call at about 10:17 p.m. Monday.

Williams was taken to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, where he was listed in good condition as of Tuesday.

Williams was one of five people inside the home at the time of the explosion, according to investigators. No other injuries were reported.

The fire, which appeared to have been contained inside a bedroom of the home, was put out quickly, deputies said.

Investigators said they saw meth-making components in the bedroom where the explosion occurred. As of Tuesday morning, the Sheriff's Office is working with the State Bureau of Investigation to dispose of the hazardous materials.

The home is reportedly being rented by 48-year-old Gary Taylor, who was present when the explosion occurred, said investigators.

As of Tuesday, no arrests have been made. But deputies said they expect to make arrests in the next few days.

“The production of meth by home-grown, self-instructed chemists continues to be a problem in Lenoir County and in Eastern North Carolina.," said Sheriff Christopher Hill in a statement. "The method used to make meth is extremely dangerous and presents significant hazards to those who actually make the product and those that are in close proximity to the operation.”