St. Louis ( KSDK ) -- A man was severely burned in an explosion in a basement apartment Saturday afternoon in the 3600 block of Castleman.

Police were summoned to the scene after firefighters found what they believed were ingredients used to make methamphetamine.

The force of the blast blew the front door apart.

A St. Louis fire department spokesman says the man,in his mid 40's,emerged from the heavily-damaged apartment unit with 2nd-degree burns, including to his face. But he was able to speak briefly before being rushed to a hospital.

No one else was hurt.

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