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Meth blamed after Missouri man sets self on fire

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SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) – A southeast Missouri man is hospitalized and expected to face drug charges after accidentally setting himself on fire.

The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports that a caller on Monday night told police that a man was on fire. Officers found the man on the side of the road screaming in pain. By then, the fire was out.

Witnesses reported seeing an explosion inside a car. Police say a “shake-and-bake” methamphetamine lab exploded, causing the man to catch fire. Others in the car kicked him out onto the street and left the scene.

Police say the man has second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body. He was flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital and is being treated in the burn unit.
Information from: Standard Democrat, http://www.standard-democrat.com