Man accused of nearly causing explosion at Louisville business
Police say he and an accomplice opened a gas line that caused a "slow leak" over a period of days.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Floyds Knobs man was arrested Thursday after police say he nearly caused an explosion at a local business.
According to an arrest warrant, the incident took place on Friday, May 11, at Brown Wood Preserving on Camp Ground Road, near Lees Lane, in Louisville.
Police say 46-year-old David Lambert and a female accomplice who had been employed at Brown Wood Preserving for over 10 years, took cash from the business, and opened a gas line, causing a "slow leak" that continued over the weekend.
That was on Friday. Police say by the time a witness arrived at the building on Monday, May 14, the entire building was filled with gas.
According to the arrest warrant, both the fire department and Louisville Gas & Electric were called to the scene. LG&E representatives said the gas line had been tampered with, and that the gas leak "would have potentially caused a significant explosion."
Police say Lambert and his accomplice were the last people on the scene on Friday, and their actions were captured on surveillance video.
On Tuesday a warrant for Lambert's arrest was filed. He was taken into custody on Thursday evening. He's charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and theft by unlawful taking.
Lambert is currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.
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