Man severely burned after meth lab explosion

February 12, 2015
Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith (at left), and deputies Claude Hudson and Buster Liford search the Scottie Reeves’ property for meth precursors. More than 15 active and inactive meth labs were found in the yard or in the nearby woods.

Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith (at left), and deputies Claude Hudson and Buster Liford search the Scottie Reeves’ property for meth precursors. More than 15 active and inactive meth labs were found in the yard or in the nearby woods.

Officers suspect this recently-exploded meth lab was what sent Scottie Reeves to the hospital with severe burns to both hands and arms.

Officers suspect this recently-exploded meth lab was what sent Scottie Reeves to the hospital with severe burns to both hands and arms.

By Bobbie Poynter


Editor

A Barbourville woman rushed her husband to the Knox County Hospital emergency room Tuesday afternoon with severe burns to both his arms and hands. Scottie Reeves, 39, of the Gausedale Community, told hospital staff he had been burning trash when something in the burn pile blew up. Due to the nature of the burns, ER staff suspected the man had been manufacturing methamphetamine and contacted the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Buster Liford met Reeves at the emergency room and witnessed burn sores all over both of the man’s arms.

After gaining Reeves’ permission to search his house and property, Detective Liford, along with Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith, Deputy Claude Hudson and Constable Carl Bolton, drove out to the Reeves property, located eight miles out of Barbourville on South Highway 11.

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