Suspected meth lab explodes inside Ocean Springs cottage

Published 10:53 am Friday, April 11, 2008

OCEAN SPRINGS (AP) — One man has suffered burns after a suspected methamphetamine lab exploded inside a cottage in Ocean Springs.

Police said another man was in custody after Thursday’s blast in the Gulf Park Estates area.

Sgt. Curtis Spiers, commander of the Narcotic Task Force of Jackson County, said after firefighters found the meth lab.

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Spiers said Jonathan Moses, 28, was allegedly using propane to manufacture ammonia to make meth when an electric spark triggered the explosion.

Spiers said Moses was dropped off at Ocean Springs Hospital by Micah Turnley, 28, who fled the scene but was arrested several hours later by Gulfport police.

Moses was airlifted to the University of South Alabama Burn Center. His condition was unknown.

Spiers said the cottage was assigned by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to Moses’ parents, Laverne and Beatrice Moses, who had picked up Moses’ three children shortly before the explosion and were not on the scene at the time of the blast, Spiers said.

Because the children do live there, Spiers said state law required that Moses be charged with three counts of felony child endangerment. He said the children are with their grandparents.

Moses and Turnley were each charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine. Spiers said Turnley was under house arrest in Gulfport on previous meth-related charges.