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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-133

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 29, 2013
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    Meth Lab Explodes

    Man was injured in explosion.
    • Thursday
    • March 28, 2013
    • Time: 4:09 PM
    • 836 Center Avenue
    • Brandon, Florida


    Michael Barnes
    DOB: 2/23/1973
    836 Center Avenue
    Brandon, Florida


    At 4:09 p.m., a 911 call came in from 836 Center Ave in Brandon indicating an explosion had occurred in a barn at the rear of the residence. When deputies and fire personnel arrived, an adult male was located with critical burns. The man was flown to Tampa General Hospital.

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives specially trained to investigate clandestine labs made entry into the barn to look for any other potential victims and to verify the explosion was caused by a meth lab operation. Detectives located a reactionary vessel that was melted from the fire. Detectives also located other meth lab items inside. The investigation continues.
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