Man injured in meth lab explosion charged

Mark Link, 50, of Freeburg, was charged with attempted manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, Houston County court records show. Bail was set at $50,000.

Link was injured in an alleged meth lab explosion in October at his home at 5552 County Rd. 249.

White powder in foil; an internet recipe for making meth; $1,730 in cash; fire extinguisher dust; and a large amount of lithium strips were found at the residence, according to court records.

Lithium is an ingredient common in manufacturing methamphetamine and is very flammable when it comes into contact with water.

Houston County Dispatch received a call Oct. 20 from a hospital in La Crosse reporting that Link had been dropped off at the emergency room by his sister after he drove to her house on County Road 3 in Houston County.

Link’s sister immediately drove him to the emergency room upon observing his injuries, records state. Link was intubated, sedated and flown to a specialized medical facility due to the nature of his injuries.


– Emily Bialkowski