Hancock County

UPDATE: Two arrested in meth lab explosion in Waveland

Two people are under arrest in connection with what police are calling a methamphetamine lab explosion that rendered eight families homeless Thursday night.

County jail records show that Mary Tarver, 30, and Jonathan O'Neal Alexander, 32, both were booked on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine shortly before midnight Thursday. The arrests came after an apparent homemade meth lab exploded in the bathroom of a unit at Waveland Manor Apartments, off Waveland Avenue.

Albert Biehl, assistant manager of the apartments, said residents of eight units in the complex had to be moved out while the property undergoes hazardous material inspection. A shelter has been opened for the families by the American Red Cross at Lagniappe Church in Bay St. Louis.

“We're expecting about 20 people” to stay at the shelter indefinitely, said Raemona Seeman, director of development for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of the Red Cross.

Tarver and Alexander apparently were in the apartment where the explosion occurred. At least two police officers who responded to the call were taken to Hancock Medical Center for observation after being subjected to fumes, but their names have not yet been released.

Both suspects are being held under $50,000 bond. A jail official said Alexander was transported to Pearl River County Jail, while Tarver was still being held at the Hancock County holding facility on Longfellow Road this afternoon.

The Sun Herald will provide more details on this story in Saturday's edition.