Meth lab explosion seriously injures one, sets two buildings ablaze

A meth lab explosion in Cayuga County seriously injured one person, and set two buildings ablaze in the Town of Locke Monday evening.

Cayuga County Sheriffâ??s Deputies say 47-year-old Shawn L. Perreault was cooking methamphetamine at his home at 5651 Sears Road in the Town of Locke at about 5:20 pm when his equipment exploded. The explosion engulfed both the mobile home and a nearby pole barn in flames, causing heavy damage to both. Two other adults and a four-year-old child were home at the time of the explosion, but they were not injured, deputies say.

Perreault was taken to the hospital by his wife and was later airlifted to University Hospital with burns over 60-percent of his body. He is listed in stable condition.

Locke, Cortlandville, McLean, Dryden, Genoa and Moravia Fire Departments responded to help extinguish the flames. The fire was under control at about 6:30 pm.

The Sheriffâ??s Office Clandestine Laboratory Team and the Auburn City Fire Departmentâ??s Hazmat team are investigating the incident. Charges are pending as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Robert Franklin at 315-253-1132. You can also leave an anonymous tip at