One man has been hospitalized due to chemical burns he suffered in a methamphetamine lab explosion, according to police.
A warrant was also obtained for Timothy Atherton’s arrest, state police at Lewistown said in a release.
Atherton, 48, of Mt. Union, told police Tuesday he was involved in an explosion when he poured paint thinner in a toilet at 16 Hubble St., Wayne Township in Mifflin County.
Police observed a broken out window at the building and saw items inside “consistent with (the) manufacturing of methamphetamine.” The state police Clandestine Lab team responded to investigate the building after a search warrant was issued. Police said the team recovered and disposed of items that would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
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Atherton will be charged with felony manufacturing, delivery or possession, felony operating a methamphetamine lab, felony deposits, stores, disposes chemical waste and felony risking catastrophe, according to court dockets.