Multiple agencies investigating reported explosion in Denham Springs; suspect identified

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - No injuries have been reported after an alleged explosion in Livingston Parish Wednesday evening. Multiple agencies are on the scene at the Parc at Denham Springs Apartments located off LA-16 in Denham Springs.

The suspect's vehicle was reportedly found on 3 Lakes Drive in Walker
The suspect's vehicle was reportedly found on 3 Lakes Drive in Walker (WAFB)

Photos sent to WAFB 9News from viewers show crime tape in front of the apartment complex.

The initial 911 call came in around 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal arrived on scene around 4 p.m. to investigate.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office says one person is in custody. He has been identified by officials as Jeff Owens, 36. An investigation is ongoing.

“LPSO, along with multiple agencies, were called to an apartment complex following a minor blast and the discovery of several suspicious items. In the apartment, detectives did locate items consistent and commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Also located, suspected molotov cocktails. No active explosive devices were located. Our initial investigation has revealed that the suspect in this case placed propane and other items in his microwave. Once turned on, those items exploded. It is believed the manufacturing of drugs was the root motive. The suspect was not home at the time of our arrival, but was later located in the Walker area. No injuries have been tied to this incident. An evacuation did take place as a precaution,” said Sheriff Jason Ard.

Witnesses on scene say they’re being told by officials the explosion may have been caused by a man trying to cook meth. Residents at the complex say the man taken into custody has only been living in the complex about two months and appeared mentally unstable.

WAFB’s Graham Ulkins is on scene. He’ll have an update tonight on 9News at 10.

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