ALBEMARLE, N.C. — A Gastonia man has been charged after police said his methamphetamine lab exploded in a motel last week.
Police said the explosion happened around 3:30 Friday morning at the Lion Inn on Highway 52 in Albemarle and blew a hole in the the suspect’s mattress.
The explosion shattered windows and forced an evacuation, according to WSOC.
Jamie Robinson Hill is charged with one count felony possession/distribute methamphetamine, one count of felony manufacture methamphetamine and one count of felony maintain dwelling.
He received a $25,000 secured bond.
Investigators said Hill suffered minor burns when he tried to extinguish the flames.
Guests were kept out of their rooms for hours.