A “Breaking Bad”-like experiment went really bad Tuesday afternoon when explosion in Sarasota turned out to be caused by a meth lab, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office and fire department responded to an explosion call in the 3400 block of Fairview Drive around 2:45 p.m.
Andrew Ilardi, 25, told fire department personnel he was trying to make methamphetamine when a combination of lye, ammonium nitrate and lighter fluid exploded on him, according to a probable cause affidavit.
He came out of the house with burns on his face and arms, and detectives found chemicals and over-the-counter medication in the home.
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Ilardi faces one count of meth manufacturing. At first appearance, the judge raised his bond to $15,000, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.