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1 hurt, 2 charged in Clover meth lab blast

Two Gastonia men were taken into custody late Wednesday night after an explosion in York County that authorities say might have been the site of a methamphetamine lab.

One of the suspects suffered minor injuries in the blast, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say they were called about 9:45 p.m. to help the Bethel Fire Department with traffic control at a fire in the 740 block of Shannon Meadows Road. That is near Rhyne Road, north of Clover and not far from the state line in northern York County.

Deputies say they found two men in the road, one of them suffering from severe burns on his hands. Investigators say the man originally identified himself as Steven Long but later told medics he was Kinion Dailey Doyle, 50. The other man identified himself as Casey Bert Stiles, 36.

Authorities say the two men emptied their pockets and Stiles handed a deputy a can containing several ephedrine pills.

A witness told deputies he heard several men at a shed behind a house, coughing and talking. The witness said he then heard three pops before the roof of the shed caught fire.

Doyle was hospitalized, and Stiles was taken into custody. Deputies say the investigation is continuing.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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