Suspected Honey Oil Lab Goes Up in Smoke

May 31, 2014 3:29 PM

One man has been sent to the hospital with serious burns after a suspected drug lab explodes in Oroville Saturday afternoon.

At around 12:30 p.m., residents living in an apartment complex at 54 Grand Ave. reported an explosion and fire coming from one of the units. Oroville Fire Department and Cal Fire responded.

The fire and explosion was confined to one apartment. Investigators say it appears someone was running a honey oil lab inside the apartment. One man was found nearby with serious burns over most of this body. Action News Now has not confirmed whether the burn victim was a tenant of damaged apartment unit.

"Honey Oil," comes from the dangerous process of turning marijuana plants into oil. It's dangerous because the key ingredient is butane, the same butane used in a common lighter. But at higher quantities, its vapors can build up and ignite by something as simple as static electricity.

This type of refined version of marijuana is becoming more common because of its high potency.


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