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Explosion kills one East Texan, lands another in jail

By Jessica Boyd, mail

Press Release from the Henderson County Sheriffs Office:

On Thursday 06/18/2009 the Henderson County Sheriffs received a call in reference to an explosion in the Blanton Ranch Estates subdivision that could be involved with a possible methamphetamine lab. There were reported injuries to a female victim.

The Henderson County Drug Enforcement Unit along with Deputies and Investigators responded to the call. When officers arrived on scene the Seven Points Fire Departmentand East Texas Medical Center EMS were on scene working on the victim that had been injured. The victim was taken to ETMC Gun Barrel City and later transferred to Parkland Medical Center in Dallas Texas. There were several subjects at the residence.

Investigators with the Sheriffs Office and Henderson County District Attorney's Office conducted a search of the residence. Investigators located chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and suspected methamphetamine at the residence. The explosion was caused from the chemicals at the scene. There was no fire at the scene. The explosion wasa chemical explosion. Joseph Myers was at the scene when oficers arrived. After conducting a search of the residence Myers was arrested for manufactwing a Controlled Substance. DEA was contacted to destroy the hazardous materials left at the scene. DEAHAZMAT responded and assisted with the investigation. Myers had a child at the residence. Child Protective Services was notified and responded to the scene to assist.

Myers was taken to the Henderson County Jail where he is awaiting arraignment. Investigators were later contacted by Parkland Medical Center and advised the victim had passed away due to the injuries received by the explosion. An autopsy has been ordered and is being conducted by Southwest Medical Center in Dallas Texas. Myers will be facing firrther charges after the investigation into the methamphetamine lab is complete because a subject was injured. This investigation is being completed by all agencies working together to accomplish the goal.

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