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Man charged after admitting to starting fire while trying to make meth in soda bottle

Police on scene of the drug investigation. (Source: Faith Ann Betham) Police on scene of the drug investigation. (Source: Faith Ann Betham)
Matthew Philipscheck. Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department. Matthew Philipscheck. Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A man admitted to police that he was trying to make methamphetamine when he started a fire at an apartment in Myrtle Beach Wednesday.

A Myrtle Beach Police officer responded a report of a possible structure fire at an apartment on First Avenue North early Wednesday morning and saw a tenant, later identified in the police report as 31-year-old Matthew Philipscheck, leaving the apartment.

The officer asked Philipscheck what happened, and he replied that he "made a mistake" and decided to make some "meth," the police report states. Philipscheck was then detained and read his Miranda rights.

Philipscheck told the officer that while everyone else in the house was sleeping, he added the chemicals to make meth into a Pepsi bottle and began shaking the chemicals together. He noticed the chemicals were not reacting, and decided to add water. The bottle then caught fire, and he threw it out the window, the police report states.

Philipscheck was arrested, and was later charged with manufacturing and/or distributing methamphetamine. Police executed a search warrant at his apartment.

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