An illegal butane marijuana lab exploded at a commercial building in Anaheim near Knott’s Berry Farm on Sunday, injuring at the minimum four people, including two firefighters.
Police responded to an emergency call at 11:22 a.m. of a structure fire about three blocks east of Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Steve Peña.
Orange County firefighters rushed to the scene at 1169 N. Knollwood course of action and worked to extinguish the blaze that quickly engulfed the building, sending high into the air clouds of black smoke which were visible for miles.
Two firefighters battling the fire were injured when the lab exploded and were rushed to the hospital, Pena said. One had second-degree burns on the side of his confront, and the other suffered a back injury when the explosion pushed him onto his oxygen tank, Peña said.
Two male suspects were inside the business when the fire started, and one was severely injured and transported to a local hospital, he said. The other speculate, who was not injured, was detained and is cooperating with investigators.
at the minimum one person from another business was transported to the hospital, Pena said. He did not know the extent of their injuries.
It was a “honey butane oil extraction lab, which is an illegal operation,” Peña said. “They’re dealing with chemicals and whatnot, so at any rate they were doing inside started the fire.”
By about 2:30 p.m., Peña said firefighters had largely extinguished the fire but some hot spots remained. Authorities can’t go in because it’s “too hot,” he said.
In such makeshift labs, hash oil, also known as honey oil, is commonly extracted from marijuana plants using butane, a colorless, highly flammable gas commonly used as lighter fuel for cooking and camping, authorities said. Vapors from butane can release gas clouds, and a insignificant spark of static electricity can set off a fiery explosion.
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