Deputies said one of the four suspects in a Duplin County meth lab explosion has passed away.
According to the Duplin County Sheriff's Office, 42-year-old Rodney Glenn Bryant (far left) died after the meth lab explosion on Narcie Turner Lane, southwest of Pink Hill, on Nov. 10. Also accused of the explosion are (left to right) 32-year-old Justin Lee Blizzard, 34-year-old Edna Ranell Shivar, and 40-year-old Linwood Willis Parker lll, all from Pink Hill.
A witness called 911 after hearing an explosion and seeing flames in the area, as well as seeing a vehicle leaving the scene, said investigators. When the witness went to help, Bryant told the witness it was a chemical fire and that he should leave, according to deputies.
A responding deputy noticed a Ford F-150 traveling away from the scene and pulled the vehicle over. The deputy said there was a strong chemical odor from the truck and a passenger was suffering from severe burns.
Further investigation revealed that the explosion was indeed caused by a meth lab inside an outbuilding at 195 Narcie Turner Ln., according to the Sheriff's Office.
Bryant later died from injuries he suffered during the explosion, deputies said. In addition, Blizzard sustained burn injuries to his hands and face
Blizzard has been charged with accessory after the fact and destruction of evidence. He was being held on a $100,000 bond.
Shivar has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, accessory after the fact, destruction of evidence, and failure to appear. She was issued a $606,000 bond.
Parker has been charged with felony probation violation. He was given a $25,000 bond.
Two people were seeking treatment for burns after a suspected meth lab explosion in Duplin County, investigators said.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the explosion happened on Narcie Turner Lane southwest of Pink Hill Sunday night. Investigators said they believed it was a meth lab explosion. But when deputies arrived at the scene, they did not find meth precursors. Investigators said it was unclear whether the precursors were destroyed in the explosion or taken from the scene.
A witness said the explosion happened in a red shed (pictured above).
"I felt an explosion," said Tom Legere, who lives about 100 yards from where the explosion happened. "It shook the ground, shaking the windows to my house, and I looked, and right on the back side of my shop, there was a huge cloud of flames."
Two unidentified people suffered burns and were sent to a hospital, deputies said. One of the victims appeared to have severe injuries.
"He had at least 50 percent burns on his body," Legere said. "His skin, when they stripped his clothes off right there, his skin looked like latex coming off his body."
But investigators said they suspected more than two people were involved. At last check, no arrests had been made.