Bozeman Police say a small explosion at a hotel room in Bozeman last night is believed to have been caused by a met lab.
During the investigation police arrested 26 year-old Devon Wayne Maraud for a probation violation, but say at this time no one has been charged with the explosion.
Witness Shannon Freeman said, "it was just astronomical what happened," as glass covers the hallway of the Continental Motor Inn on East Main in Bozeman where a minor explosion happened on Tuesday evening. Freeman was staying in the hotel a few doors down from where the incident happened. She says she walked out her door, and immediately called 9-1-1 saying "there was smoke and just this stuff just filling out the room down the hallways. It was terrible."
She describes the explosion as similar to an earthquake saying "noise and the whole building just shook and so I ran out the door and the window was on the ground and there was smoke." During the explosion, the room's window was blow out and the door was bent, but no one was injured and there was little fire damage to the building.
Bozeman Police Captain Steve Crawford said "it did evacuate the surrounding area and that room itself has been blocked off as part of the investigation." He believes the explosion was caused by a methamphetamine lab inside the room saying "the investigators responded to it and are looking into evidence that they located there. They say it was enough to label it as a meth lab."
The Missouri River Task Force is currently investigating the incident. Crawford says "the investigators will process the evidence that is ceased and collected and then there will be that side of the investigation and then there will a hands on investigation in determining who's responsible."
Crawford says they do not know how many people were in the room at the time. No one has been charged at this time. A press conference with the Missouri River Task Force Commander is scheduled Thursday morning.