Residents of a West Tulsa neighborhood were evacuated from their homes for several hours on Wednesday, after police discovered methlab chemicals and bomb-making materials in a neighbor’s home in Berryhill, just east of Chandler Park.
According to KRMG, neighbors said “… they had heard a number of loud explosions in the area in recent days, which were powerful enough to make their homes shake. Although, neighbors called 911 several times about the blasts, Sheriff’s deputies were unable to pinpoint where the explosions had occurred.
A follow-up investigation, however, soon led them to the home of Don Alexander, 41, and Tina Alexander, 33, and their minor children. Don Alexander was charged with endeavoring to manufacture a controlled drug and manufacturing explosives for unlawful use. Both of the Alexanders are being held without bond on drug and explosives charges, while their minor children are being cared for by DHS.
The types of chemicals discovered in the home could be used for making meth or making bombs, according to Stan May, a member of the Tulsa Fire Department.
Public safety officials including the Tulsa Fire Department Hazmat, Tulsa Police Department bomb squad, TPD Special Operations Team, Sheriff’s deputies, TPD officers, TFD firefighters, and investigating detectives all responded to the scene.
Several hours after being evacuated, officials allowed residents to return to their homes. Police are still investigating where Alexander purchased the chemicals found inside his home.
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Burgin, Nicole, and Russell Mills. “Drug Investigation Uncovers Possible Bomb-making Lab.” AM740 and FM102.3. KRMG News Talk Radio, 04 Apr. 2012. Web. 04 Apr. 2012.