Jeffrey Owens

A Livingston Parish man attempting to make methamphetamine set off a minor explosion Wednesday when he placed propane and other items in a microwave oven and turned it on, the Sheriff's Office said.

Jeffrey Owens, 36, was in custody Wednesday night but the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office did not list what counts on which he might be booked, spokeswoman Lori Steele said. In addition to setting off the explosion in a Denham Springs apartment, Owens also had suspected Molotov cocktails in the apartment, Steele said.

The explosion occurred about 3:30 p.m. at a complex in the 31000 block of La. 16, Steele said. Owens was not home when deputies arrived but he was located later in the Walker area. Nearby apartments were evacuated as a precaution.

Local firefighters, the FBI, State Police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded, Denham Springs area Fire Chief Joe Koczrowski said.

"It was not a planned attack by any means," Koczrowski said. "He wasn't a bomb maker, not a terrorist."

No injuries were reported.

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