AMITE – A man attempting to make methamphetamine accidentally burned his entire house down in the process, authorities said after arresting him Tuesday.
The Amite Fire Department sought assistance from deputies during a fire investigation once they reported a suspicious odor from the explosion’s aftermath, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said.
Jacob Cruse confessed to his involvement in the June 11 explosion, narcotics agents said. The 35-year-old man said he used the one-pot method when the catastrophic failure occurred, authorities said.
“This shows how highly volatile manufacturing methamphetamines can be,” Sheriff Edwards said.
Deputies said Cruse was arrested and charged with simple arson and operation, creation, possession of a clandestine lab.