Hash oil explosion sheds light on a growing drug trend

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Updated: 5/01 12:02 am

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.

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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. 

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Reno Police has told News 4 that one victim who fled the scene of the explosion this afternoon in downtown Reno is accounted for and has sought treatment at Renown Medical Center. The identity of the victim and extent of injuries are unknown at this time.

Reno Police has also confirmed that the cause of the explosion was the production of hash oil.


 
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- News 4 received word of a possible explosion in downtown Reno of an unknown origin.

Scanner traffic indicated the blast came from a residence, 744 Moran St. in Reno. The Reno Fire Dept. has confirmed that there was indeed an explosion and reports that units are on scene. The windows of the residence have reportedly been blown out. They are looking for at least one burn victim who has since fled the scene. Reno Fire believes he could be injured and have notified area hospitals.

More information will be released as it becomes available.





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BR549 - 5/1/2014 8:43 PM
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And just wait until pot is finally legal.You can expect more of this crap. Amatuer chemists on dope!

tonysam - 5/1/2014 3:05 PM
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Just got off the phone with my old landlord, who I have known for 30 years. He told me about the "hash oil explosion" in the triplex building where he lives and owns and in the apartment where I used to live in from 1998-2010. I knew those people who were renting the apartment were total lowlifes, people who STOLE a number of my possessions that were in the storage unit before I could retrieve all my items from there, but I didn't know they were basically drug dealers. It doesn't surprise me they'd do this. Apparently one of the people injured is in pretty bad shape while the landlord has no idea where the (now former) tenant is. The landlord is going to be compensated for the apartment while it is being rebuilt. He was lucky he had that clause in his insurance policy.

Kramer - 5/1/2014 3:05 PM
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Recently, 'homeless' folks in San Leandro, CA (outside camping near a creek) also rcvd. 3rd degree burns over 80% of thier bodies. ouch

Kramer - 4/30/2014 5:38 PM
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munchies alert. victim headed toward hash house uh-gogh-gough
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