2 Hurt, 2 Arrested In Meth Explosion At Donelson Duplex

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2 Hurt, 2 Arrested In Meth Explosion At Donelson Duplex

CREATED May 28, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two people were hurt and two others were arrested in a meth-related flash explosion and fire at a Donelson duplex early Tuesday morning.

Metropolitan Nashville Police said 41-year-old Roger Dale Ferrell and his wife 42-year-old Mary Vera were burned when the meth cooking process using red phosphorous and a hotplate caused the flash explosion inside a bedroom of the home on Clovernook Drive around 3:35 a.m.

Ferrell and Vera were both taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious injuries.Vera was said to be in critical condition, but police have issued an arrest warrant on meth charges. Ferrell was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon and booked into the Davidson County jail on a charge of manufacturing meth; his bond was set at $100,000.

Police also arrested Vera's two adult sons, 21-year-old Christopher Chet McCormick and 24-year-old David Henry Horwedel, on meth manufacturing charges. The pair were said to be inside the home, but not in the immediate area where the explosion happened. 

Both men were decontaminated at the scene. They were also jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond each.

Narcotics detectives and personnel remained on scene collecting evidence throughout the day Tuesday and ensuring there was no danger to the neighborhood. Police also seized a dozen pistols and long guns from inside a safe in the home.

The home will be quarantined until the owner hires an environmental company for decontamination purposes.