Two men have been accused of making methamphetamine following an early-morning blast in a Cortland apartment complex.

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Authorities say 31-year-old Robert Stephens and 25-year-old David Towers were arrested shortly after the explosion in an apartment at 400 Jefferson Road.

Cortland firefighters were called to the building at 3:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Police found two people inside the apartment who apparently were manufacturing meth in an upstairs bathroom.

Investigators say the blast caused "major damage" to the bathroom but no injuries were reported.

Stephens - who lives in Virgil - was taken into custody at the scene. Towers was apprehended on South Avenue.

Police say the two men were charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony. They also were charged with conspiracy, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

A contaminated crime scene response team was called to assist in the investigation.

Investigators indicated the two suspects did not live in the damaged apartment. They provided no information as to why they were inside the building.

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