Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Hash oil explosion sends one man to the hospital with third degree burns and police are still searching for a person of interest who may have been injured in the blast.
Neighbors who heard the explosion say they were shocked, “There was a big sound, and it sounded like a car hit,” Sunjay Narayan.
It wasn’t a car crash, Sunjay’s neighbor’s home had exploded just mere feet from his front door.
Police say Sunjay’s neighbor was processing hash oil, also known as butane honey oil, it’s a dangerous process that extracts the THC from marijuana.
Lieutenant Keith Brown with the Reno Police Department says, “Processing hash oil is becoming a common trend. You saw it in Truckee a week ago where the house blew up. We saw it earlier this week where it wasn’t an explosion, but we found people processing hash oil.”
Authorities say the hash oil trend is similar to the crack cocaine epidemic of the 80’s and 90’s. Extracting the THC from marijuana creates a purer substance that produces a much more dangerous high, and an even scarier situation for the neighborhood it’s happening in.
“Take a good look at this house, take a good look at the guy being flown out with burns all over their body, it’s a very dangerous process,” says Lt. Keith Brown.
Sunjay says his neighbor has always kept to himself and he didn’t know him very well, and after today, he’s not sure he wants to, “Ya know what they say, you never know what goes on behind closed doors, you think somebody’s a certain way and you never know.”
Investigators searched the home and found butane tanks as well as marijuana inside the home, the quantities of materials found inside are not being released at this time.
The man suspected of causing the explosion and suffering third degree burns was taken to U.C. Davis for treatment, according to medical personnel on scene.
County Animal Control officers say one dog and three cats were inside the home at the time of the blast and are all safe tonight, April 30, 2014.