An active methamphetamine lab explosion blew out the door and wall of a motel room in Lebanon on Saturday night.
Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said the incident happened at about 7 p.m. in room 272 at the Traveller’s Inn behind O’Charley’s. Emergency officials evacuated the motel and secured the scene due to the hazardous chemicals involved.
Lebanon officers specially trained to deal with hazardous chemicals and dressed in hazmat suits using breathing apparatus entered the room to determine whether anyone was in it.
Bowen said witnesses told investigators two people quickly left the room immediately following the explosion. The witnesses said the two suspects were either dressed in all black or covered in residue from the explosion.
Investigators were actively searching for the two suspects and alerted area hospitals to be on the lookout for anyone who may be burned or in need of treatment for breathing problems.
Bowen said the names of those staying in the room weren’t immediately available.
Investigators remained on the scene awaiting the arrival of state Meth Task Force agents who would properly dispose of the lab and determine whether all or part of the motel would remain evacuated.