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Man Dies When Meth He Was Preparing Inside Car Explodes

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Clifford Ellison, left, and Jerek Evans. (credit: Lakeland Police Department)

Clifford Ellison, left, and Jerek Evans. (credit: Lakeland Police Department)

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LAKELAND, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Police say a man lost control and flipped his car when methamphetamine he was preparing in a glass jug suddenly exploded.

Clifford Ellison, 36, and a male later identified as Jerek L. Evans, 26, were driving on Drane Field Road on Jan. 3 when shattered glass from the explosion acted as shrapnel and fatally wounded Ellison, Lakeland police say.

Reports include that Evan then fled the scene on foot.

Investigators upgraded the investigation when traces of the street drug “Shake N Bake” were found on the scene. “Shake N Bake,” or “One Pot,” methods are a common but dangerous way to prepare methamphetamine for personal use. It’s not an effective way to prepare the drug for commercial sale, according to police spokesman Ann Dinges.

Dinges said most “Shake N Bake” meth is usually prepared in large, plastic soda bottles instead of glass, adding that the shaken mixture needs to “vent” similarly to how a 20-once bottle is cracked before fully opened. Discarded bottles, a police intel officer said, are a major community hazard and harmful to passersby.

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