Authorities in Granite City responded to reports of gunfire at a home in the 2500 block of Pine Street late Tuesday but instead found a Meth lab had exploded. The person who was allegedly cooking the drug fled the scene, but what remained was evidence of an extensive drug operation on the otherwise quiet street.
The Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois, or MEGSI, and the Meth Response Team was called in to investigate and begin the clean up of the home which was later boarded up and a warning sign posted on the front door. The explosion blew out a second story kitchen window near where the Meth was being produced. No arrests were made and no injuries were reported. The discovery came just hours after Wood River Police discovered two suspects had allegedly set up a Meth-making operation inside a room at the Bel-Air Motel. Charges in that case are pending.