ADELANTO – One man was injured and a second was arrested after a THC laboratory explosion led to a fire at an Adelanto home on Friday. At around 6:00 p.m. deputies from the Adelanto Station, the San Bernardino County Fire Department firefighters, and the Sheriff’s Bombs and Arson detail were dispatched to an explosion and fire at a home located in the 10500 block of Teakwood Way in the City of Adelanto. When they arrived the majority of the home was destroyed. Upon further investigation led to the finding of evidence consistent with a THC lab.
Personnel from the Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) were requested to the scene to assist in the investigation. The THC lab was confirmed to be the cause of the explosion. “Butane was being utilized for the extraction process. Investigators seized evidence related to the THC lab which included approximately 11 pounds of marijuana, concentrated cannabis, seven assault rifles, and one hand gun,” San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said in the news release.
Chance Jones, 25, was transported to a trauma center for treatment of 2nd degree burns to several areas of his body. Clarence Jones, 27, was not injured but was arrested at the scene.
The THC extraction process is extremely dangerous and has a high potential for explosion and fire. This is primarily due to the use of highly flammable butane. This chemical extraction process is illegal and is a violation of California’s Health and Safety Code. Wax, Butane Honey Oil (BHO) and other forms of concentrated cannabis are the end product of THC extraction process. No method of THC extraction utilizing butane is safe, to include the so called “Closed Loop Process.” Butane is considered a volatile substance which vaporizes into an invisible airborne gas, and is commonly used by marijuana manufacturers to extract THC from marijuana plant material. The danger and probability of fire, explosion, severe injury and death resulting from the volatile THC extraction process serves as a reminder as to why no one should ever attempt this method and it should not be permitted or allowed in any of our communities.
This investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office for a review of criminal charges. The suspects are currently charged with Manufacturing A Controlled Substance, with the possibility of additional charges after the review.
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