DEPUTIES: Meth Lab Blows Up In Lenoir County

An explosion Friday morning alerted lawmen to a meth lab in southern Lenoir County.

Joseph Alphin is facing charges of manufacturing methamphetamines.

Deputies say a utility building on Mark N. Smith Road blew up around 6:00 a.m. A person driving by reported the explosion to authorities.

Authorities found that someone had been using the building to cook crystal meth. Inside they found a refrigerator that apparently held chemicals that exploded. Deputies say the blast was so intense that it moved the building off its foundation.

The SBI was at the scene collecting evidence from the site and a hazardous materials team is en route to help in the cleanup.

Deputies don't believe anyone was in the building when it exploded.

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