LIBERTY — A man was hospitalized with serious burns and will face criminal charges after an explosion that happened after he allegedly tried to make methamphetamine, Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman said Thursday.
L.C. Propes, 34, went to Casey County Hospital about 11 a.m. Tuesday with severe burns, Coffman said.
“He got blistered really bad,” Coffman said.
Alerted by suspicious medical personnel, sheriff’s deputies went out to Propes’ property on Ky. 70 about three miles west of Liberty.
Law enforcement officers did not find any meth but discovered plenty of items used for making the drug, including lye and ammonia nitrate, according to Coffman.
“We also found that L.C. had been burning some stuff in a barrel which then exploded,” Coffman added.
The evidence is consistent with an accident that happened as a result of manufacturing meth, according to the sheriff.
Propes was transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, where he was still hospitalized this morning.