The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office reported over the weekend that 38-year old Norton man died on Saturday as a result of a small explosion at his apartment Faith Way.
The explosion appears to be a result of a meth lab operating inside of the residence.
Edward Rooney had already fled the scene when police arrived just before 1 am Saturday morning. There was no fire upon arrival on the scene.
Then, shortly after Attleboro Police and fire personnel responded to a residence in Attleboro on Pike Avenue after a 9-1-1 call for a man experiencing medical issues. The residents were awoken by a man screaming for help outside their home. When they let him, he collapsed in the entryway.
Rooney was transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead just after 2:30 am.
Residents in the Faith Way apartment building in Norton were ordered to evacuate to a community center. The investigation is ongoing as a medical examiner will perform an autopsy on the deceased.