Man Tries to Build Meth Lab in His Atlantic City Hotel Room, Accidentally Sets It on Fire
He's no Walter White.
A lot of weird things happen in casinos, but what happened in Atlantic City on Wednesday may just take the cake.
According to the Associated Press, police in New Jersey arrested a man named Michael Pillar after he attempted to set up a methamphetamine lab inside his hotel room on the 44th floor of the Tropicana casino. Pillar was, of course, unsuccessful in his attempt to become the new Walter White and instead started a fire that caused four floors of the casino to be evacuated.
“The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority at Tropicana Atlantic City,” Steve Callender, the Tropicana’s general manager, told the Associated Press. “Only a few rooms were affected by the fire. Hotel rooms have been professionally inspected, and cleared to go back online tomorrow.”
Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, though Pillar and and a hotel employee who entered the room after the fire was detected both sustained minor injury, according to Fox News. As the Associated press noted, the hotel employee used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, which spread from the bathroom to a bed. The local fire department also noted that the casino’s sprinkler system helped prevent the fire from spreading.
The only damage to the casino was also contained to the one room Pillar had rented. Moreover, a New Jersey State Police hazardous materials team has already dismantled the lab.
Following his arrest Pillar was charged with maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility, possession of methamphetamine and criminal mischief.
Though Pillar is being held in a New Jersey jail it appears he may not have acted alone. The casino’s surveillance spotted two men and one woman fleeing the room before firefighters entered, the Associated Press reported. Hours after the fire the three were captured and taken into custody, though two were later released without being charged.