(WBIR-Rockwood) Officials believe no one was injured when officers entered a booby trapped Rockwood home in their attempt to arrest a drug suspect.
According to District Attorney General Russell Johnson, agents from the 9th Judicial Drug Task force, along with officers from the Roane County Sheriff's Department, Harriman Police Department, Kingston Police Department, and Rockwood Police Department were looking for several people who were recently indicted on drug charges.
When they attempted to enter a mobile home on Green Meadows Road near Pumphouse Road, a booby trap caused a suspected meth lab to explode.
"It happened so quick, I just got up after I ate my breakfast and it went and got a cup of coffee and bang ! it was on fire burning down. And it went pretty quick," said nearby neighbor Alvin Cofee, who lives across the street from the home that was burned down to the frame. "That flame was just a rollin out from under that porch."
Cortney Dugger, Administrative Assistant with the DAG, said at one point they were worried other homes were similarly booby-trapped but officers did not find any others.
DAG Johnson requested assistance from the Knox County Sheriff's Office bomb squad to investigate the scene and make sure none of the other buildings on the property are rigged to explode.
Dugger said it total, local authorities were looking for about 40 suspects in the county-wide drug roundup, and had arrested roughly 10 by the mid-afternoon.
The Roane County Sheriff's Department said one man arrested, 33-year-old David Neal, was charged in connection to the booby-trapped home. Neal was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing and methamphetamine precursor.