Meth lab explosion in Knox County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

An apparent meth lab explosion lands one Knox County woman in jail.

It happened at a home in Flat Lick.

No one was injured. Investigators say they did not know about it until the woman allegedly tried to cover it up.

Sheriff deputies say they found out when an anonymous caller reported a possible meth lab explosion at the home. They went to check it out and found the bathroom burned.

"I did discover some powdery substance all over the counter and in the grout around the toilet where the fire was supposedly taking place," said Deputy Keith Liford.

He says 21 year old Kayla Mills apparently put out the fire herself and allegedly tried to hide it.

A neighbor across the street said Mills put a bag and a burned rug under his daughter's porch. He did not know what it was and put it in the dumpster. Deputies got it and said the bag contained meth materials.

"She (Mills) stated it caught the rug on fire and the toilet was blazing and she took the substance that was inside the bottle that initially caused the explosion and poured it out the bedroom window," said Deputy Liford.

"It makes me mad. I have a five year old daughter. If she picked up something like that, it could've been real dangerous for her," said Michele Baker who lives across the street from Mills.

Deputies and neighbors are thankful no one was hurt, but neighbors are upset their lives were put in danger.

"It's a shame they would have that going on around here. It just goes to show you never know what's going on in your neighbor's house," said Baker.

Mills is charged with manufacturing meth, wanton endangerment, and tampering with physical evidence. She is in the Knox County Detention Center. Bond is $50,000 cash.

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