Three injured in possible Northern Kentucky drug lab explosion

DRY RIDGE, Ky. – An explosion rocked a Dry Ridge apartment complex Monday morning after police say an illegal drug manufacturing operation went bad.

The incident sent three people to the hospital and scared neighbors at Locust Ridge Apartments off of McCoy Road.

"The explosion was so powerful that it ripped the wall from the foundation, because they were cooking budder. That's b-u-d-d-e-r. It's the street name for T-H-C," said Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dill.

Dill's department suspects the residents in the apartment were processing marijuana buds and putting highly concentrated THC extract into small vials to later be put into food and drinks.

Fire crews responded to a call about the explosion before noon.

"It's scary. I just put my babies on the bus," said Mike Thornton, who lives at the complex. "As soon as I walked out the door they were running and falling out their door."

The Crittenden Fire Department responded to a call for mutual aid at the location.

Other than the three adults there was a one-year-old on child in the apartment when the incident occurred. The identities and condition of those people involved is not known at this time.

One man was taken by medical helicopter to a nearby hospital.

9 On Your Side will update this story as more information is available.

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