DRUG EXPLOSION - A St. Albert man has been charged with production of a controlled substance and arson, following an explosion that occurred in an Airdrie home last January.
A St. Albert man is one of two men charged in an Airdrie house explosion caused by drug production last January.
The explosion occurred in one side of a two-storey residential duplex in the King's Heights neighbourhood of southeast Airdrie on Jan. 31.
At the time, the explosion was classified as suspicious, believed to be caused by drug production.
After a lengthy investigation, RCMP have now charged Matthew Visser of St. Albert and Trevor Urquhart of Airdrie with production of a controlled substance and arson.
It was reported that both men were taken to hospital after the explosion with severe burns. They were found outside the home by firefighters.
The duplex sustained considerable damage - the main floor windows of the home were blown out even though the explosion occurred on the second level. Neighbouring homes were temporarily evacuated.
Visser and Urquhart will be making their first appearance in Airdrie Provincial Court on Sept. 18.
With files from Matt Durnan, Airdrie City View
NOTE: To post a comment in the commenting system you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID. You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile". The St. Albert Gazette welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to delete comments deemed inappropriate. We reserve the right to close the comments thread for stories that are deemed especially sensitive. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher.