Man hospitalized after explosion of possible honey oil drug lab in Arcadia – The Pasadena Star-News

A man was hospitalized Monday after an explosion in a commercial building in Arcadia possibly related to an illegal butane honey oil operation, police said.
At 2:23 p.m., the Arcadia Fire Department responded to a call about a fire in the 11700 block of Goldring Road, said the Arcadia Police Department in a news release. Responding personnel determined that an explosion had happened, and found a man who was inside of the business during the blast, police said.
Medical personnel provided first aid to the man and took him to a hospital due to the severity of his burns, authorities said. No identifying information for the man was released pending the investigation into the incident, police said.
No other injuries were reported from the incident.
Honey oil is described as a marijuana concentrate made by extracting THC from marijuana, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
These labs are prone to explosions because butane is used to extract THC from marijuana and is highly flammable as it can be ignited by a small spark or static electricity. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Anyone with information on the incident was encouraged to contact the Police Department at 626-574-5151, and reference case number 22-0117.
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