Tustin Garage Blows Up and Injures 2 Due to Suspected Marijuana Oil Extraction Operation

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They're still picking up the pieces this morning in the 1700 block of Mitchell Avenue in Tustin, where a condominium apartment exploded over the Fourth of July weekend not due to firecrackers but, according to police, a residential cannabis oil extraction operation gone wrong. The blast caused considerable but non-life-threatening injuries to two men.

The men were taken to UCI Medical Center for treatment after police responded to Friday's explosion call just before noon, according to Tustin Police Lt. Paul Garaven.

"Officers discovered what appeared to be a marijuana extraction lab in the garage," reads a statement from the department spokesman. "Officers found in excess of one pound of marijuana, several cans of butane gas and miscellaneous paraphernalia associated with an extraction lab."

Garaven told an on scene television reporter 10-15 pounds of pot were found, adding that no one else was injured in the blast and damage was limited to the detached garage. The Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad was there to assist.

In Garaven's earlier release, he explained pot-oil extraction:

"In this process, concentrated cannabis oil is extracted from marijuana by processing butane through the cannabis in a pressurized tube. The product extracted results in a higher concentrate 'oil' which is processed via a heat source or evaporation into a semi-solid final product."

As the unidentified men heal, police investigators are working up charges that will likely be filed against the pair.

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debrahboltz1
debrahboltz1

It's amazing this hasn't happened sooner.  There are so many grow houses in Tustin and north Santa Ana....

buzzookaman
buzzookaman

Donkey and Paul, both you guys missed my point. Weed should be legal but making wax or jasmine or welding for that matter should be done in an industrial area by pros. I should not have to jeopardize my family becuase some idiot wants to learn his craft. Business and residential does not mix well. With that being said light that baby up and enjoy.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do!

Hans Rojas
Hans Rojas

If your going to make concentrates do it in a heavily ventilated area idiotas!

DaniGirl949
DaniGirl949

Darwin Awards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tommyray
Tommyray

Well done kids, leave this to the experts" it's become so cheap and why bother?

Contrarities So
Contrarities So

like the foo who wrote this article doesn't smoke dabs and shit.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Incredibly stupid thing to do. The injuries they suffered should be punishment enough though. Additional charges would be unjust.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@mdearman2 

Im not sure what jasmine is. Im assuming it is from the jasmine flower but Im not really a drug user or learned that  much in the exotic stuff like wax dab etc etc. I just use plain ol cannabis In a zig zag rice paper for my multiple medical conditions. I just don't see the point in making the wax dab etc when one can get the same effect from just plain ol smoking buds or vaporizing. But then it all goes back to the manipulation of our laws that we have had since 1996 by over zealous cops and DAs. Again the only thing dangerous about cannabis is the cops.

buzzookaman
buzzookaman

@paullucas714 Would you say that if you lived next door? They are lucky nobody died. Growing weed is one thing,which I suppport, manufacturing concentrates is a whole other game. Do they deserve jailtime? Maybe not, but they do deserve a serious amount of community service hours to perfom.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mdearman2 @paullucas714

So if they were extracting Jasmine oil using the SAME process, you -- and the pigs -- would have no problem with it, eh?


paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@mdearman2 @paullucas714 

The only thing dangerous about cannabis are the cops and the way they distort the laws on our books regarding cannabis. Thus, the folks left to dab (pun not intended) in the area of cannabis are going to be the uber stupid or the uber crooks. Since I doubt these kids are hard criminals then we are left with the Darwin awards participants. If we just simply legalized it, these folks would be very much fewer and further in between in our news. You as a neighbor wouldn't have to worry about his kind of thing as it would be rendered obsolete.

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