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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —

Police said a methamphetamine lab sparked an explosion at a Daytona Beach hotel on Friday.

Investigators said a man was cooking meth for five days  inside one of the rooms at the Bermuda House Hotel on Atlantic Avenue.

There were no injuries, but the explosion left a big mess behind said police.

Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood blames the hotel.

“You come in and for 30 or 40 bucks cash and you give them the name of Santa Clause and they rent you a room and that’s all they’re really worried about,” said Chitwood.

The explosion shattered the sliding glass door of a fourth-floor room.

Police said at about 7:00 a.m. on Friday, the man was cooking meth in the room.

A woman who let him stay there said he was boiling something on the stove and that’s when it exploded, investigators said.

Police showed up shortly after and discovered it was a meth lab. Several officers at the scene had to be decontaminated, but they weren’t injured.

“There were guests in here with children. It just goes to show you that these people have no regard for anything whatsoever,” said Chitwood.

The hotel was evacuated and the fire department, along with a hazmat team was also at the scene.

“I could smell something really strong. I really smelled something strong and then I started coughing and coughing, and I went outside and stayed outside,” said guest Brenda Mohr.

“Here, me and my kids had a horrible year. We come to this hotel and last thing we need to hear is us getting blown up with a meth lab,” said hotel guest Ladona Snider.

Police said the man accused of cooking the meth ran off and they are searching for him.

For almost eight hours, crews cleaned up the mess, removing chemicals and meth-making equipment.

Police said the man responsible will be caught.

“If he’s watching the news tonight, he knows exactly that I know who he is and real soon we’re going to have a warrant and we’re coming to get you,” Chitwood.

The man was also dealing meth out of an adjacent room, police said.

The man’s name was not released, but police said he has a criminal history with drugs.