Alleged meth house explodes with suspect inside, while police are on-scene to serve warrant

Posted at 10:13 AM, Sep 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-03 10:17:05-04

SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Multiple police agencies were preparing to execute a search warrant of a suspected methamphetamine cooking operation at a home in Newaygo County, when an explosion occurred from inside, setting the home on fire.

The investigation centered around a residence near 96th and Dickinson Road in Newaygo County.  As officers were assembling near the home, individuals were seen leaving.  Police questioned them, and they determined that the main suspect of the meth operation was still inside.

Police then attempted to make contact with the suspect, ordering him to exit the home.  While trying to talk him out, there was an explosion inside, causing the home to burst into flames.

No officers were close enough to the house to pose an immediate danger, and no public safety officials were injured.  The suspect, however, was found in the debris field and was transported to the hospital.  The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.  A medical helicopter was requested to respond, but it was unable to land due to fog in the area.

The area remains blocked off as of 10:00 a.m. due to the nature of the situation.