DICKSON, TN (WSMV) -
A mobile meth lab exploded with a man inside, and the car he was reportedly "cooking" in was sitting in a busy hospital parking lot
Even officers find the hospital surveillance video utterly shocking.
"All of a sudden you see a big fire ball inside the vehicle," said Agent Chris Lewis with the 23rd Judicial Drug Task Force of Dickson County.
Seconds after the explosion, you can see medics rushing to help, just a few feet away, because it all happened right outside of the emergency room parking lot at Dickson's Horizon Medical Center.
"The staff got to him pretty quick, but the injuries were just too damaging to save him," said Lewis.
Officers said the driver, Harry Klingenberg, died Sunday at Vanderbilt Hospital with severe burns on 80 percent of his body.
As for his car, not much is left except for the rim of a steering wheel, the charred remains of a door handle and, according to investigators, all the makings of a mobile meth lab.
"As I was going through the vehicle I did find a burnt box of cold packs which is used to manufacture meth a canister of fuel," said Lewis.
With such dangerous chemicals in such a highly populated parking lot, agents with the Judicial Drug Task Force of Dickson County said this could have been much worse.
"We had to shut the hospital ER down to decontaminate it for other people. The staff had to be decontaminated and the fire staff had to be decontaminated," said Lewis.
Officers said Klingenberg bought his meth making materials at a nearby drug store moments before. They said if he hadn't been able to, this deadly accident might have been prevented.
"We're fighting a losing battle until we get this controlled into a prescription drug only," said Lewis.