[UPDATE] South Georgia Meth Explosion Severely Burns Suspect

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

[UPDATE] 3/14 at 5:59 p.m. --

The South Georgia Drug Task Force says Jeorge Wright, 42, left the Joseph Still Burn Center in Augusta.

Investigators say Wright faces charges for making meth, though, they have not been filed yet.

Officials are waiting for results from an area crime lab and to present the case to District Attorney Cathy Helms.


A south Georgia man is in the hospital awaiting charges after his meth lab explodes.

His daughter, who was in the house when it happened, misses the dad she knew before he got hooked on drugs.

"It's very dangerous. It could have killed every single one of us."

At 85 John A Gaskins Road, Maegan Wright had just gone to sleep, when suddenly her bedroom door flew open.

"I just seen like a big ball of yellow fire and my dad walking out of it on fire," said Maegan.

Maegan grabbed her 19-month-old daughter and ran outside to call 911.

Within minutes investigators arrived to a fire in the hallway of her trailer.

"That's the propane fuel," she showed WCTV. "I guess that's to get it all started to heat it up."

Just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jeorge Wright, 42, was using the shake and bake method to cook meth in a bedroom, according to Lanier County Sheriff Nick Norton.

Coffee filters, lighter fluid and propane gas was left on the scene.

"He was cooking just enough for a personal use," said Maegan. So, I reckon for him and his girlfriend to get high."

And now, Maegan says, the blast contaminated all her baby's toys.

Everything must be thrown away.

And as she pointed out, "There's itty-bitty white beads all over the house.".

Meagan says her father lost his job as a truck driver in Missouri nine months ago after he was caught cooking meth in a semi.

And that he's not the dad she once knew.

"It hurts because it pretty much shows he doesn't care about me right now," said Maegan. She added, "Because he wouldn't have put me in danger. I just want him to get the help he needs."

Deputies say they later found Wright severely burned at a motel in Cook County.

And because his burns were so bad, airlifted him to the Joseph Still Burn Center in Augusta.

Investigators say charges against him are pending.

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