Exploding meth labs have become as much a part of Oklahoma as hot summers, cold winters, tornadoes and of course intra-state sports rivalries. Few Tulsans are surprised to learn of yet another meth lab explosion as they have become some commonplace.
However, when the exploding meth lab is located across the street from a Tulsa Police Department division sub-station it does come under the heading of PRICELESS….
On Sunday night at about 9:00 pm something went BOOM at America’s Value Inn located at 10117 East 11th Street, in Tulsa.
We have no idea if anyone at the Mingo Valley Division of the Tulsa Police Department, located at 10122 E. 11th Street, in Tulsa “caught wind” of anything unusual before the BOOOM, but firefighters arriving on the scene found flames billowing from the first and second floors of the motel.
As investigators sifted through the rubble of the units destroyed in the explosion and fire, they did find “meth-related items” according to Fire Department spokesman Bill French. The estimate of the damage from the BOOM and fire is $400,000.
Unfortunately the suspected meth cooks took it on the lam when the fire started and before things went BOOM. Evidently there were no Tulsa Police officers handy as the three men made their hasty exit from the area.
It is somewhat amusing to note that the scene of Tulsa’s latest meth lab explosion is not only across the street from the Tulsa cops but is also located between “God’s Light Shining Church” and “Southern Nazarene University”.
The latter of which, interestingly enough, shares a building with the Tulsa Office of the National Weather Service which probably should have issued one of those weather alerts for “partly cloudy with a chance of exploding meth labs” for Sunday night…