Bill Would Allow Arson Charges in Cases of "Meth" Explosions

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Legal experts say fires at meth labs are not currently covered by arson laws because the drug makers don't intend to start fires.

Tazewell County State's Attorney Stewart Umholtz says there were about a dozen meth-related fires in his county last year. He says volatile chemicals at meth labs can result in explosions, so the drug manufacturers should face arson charges.

A House committee agreed today, passing a bill that would allow felony arson charges. The measure now goes to the House floor.