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Explosion Caused By Suspected Meth Lab in Albion

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An explosion and flash fire rocked an apartment complex on Pearl Street in Albion on Monday afternoon. Albion police and Pennsylvania State Police are now investigating if meth lab activities are behind the cause of the explosion.

"My friend and I were sitting out there on the side of the building and all of a sudden we heard an explosion and looked to our left, and saw glass and curtains flying out the one apartment, then big black smoke," said Bill Diamon, a witness.

One man who was in the apartment where the explosion occurred is at UPMC Hamot in Erie with chemical burn injuries. Police say he was not a resident of the complex.

There have been no charges filed in this time, but police do suspect that the explosion and flash fire was caused by meth lab related activities.

"We noticed some meth activities on the second floor and we're still investigating at this time," said Dan Ries, the Albion police chief.

- The state police clandestine team recovered meth paraphernalia, including a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.
- The apartment building is electric, eliminating the possibility of a gas explosion.
- The victim suffered chemical burns.

The explosion happened just before 2pm at 32 W. Pearl Street. The apartment complex is called the "Barnett Building," and houses Section 8 families as well as the elderly.

Officers in gas masks extracted some evidence in hazardous content buckets for chemical testing from the second floor apartment where the explosion occurred. Ries said testing will confirm or deny the suspected meth activity. PSP expects results by the end of the week.

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