Drug lab explosion prompts evacuations in St. Petersburg

Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Police in St. Petersburg say a drug lab was the cause of an explosion that forced an apartment building to be evacuated on Wednesday afternoon.

Officers were called to an explosion inside an apartment at Alta Mar at Broadwater on 34th Terrace South just after 3 p.m. When they got to the scene, officer evacuated 11 other apartments inside the building as a precaution.

No injuries were reported.

The Tampa Bomb Squad was also called to the scene to check and make sure it was safe for residents to return to their apartments.

Around 7 p.m., police said residents were allowed to return home.

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