Man burned in suspected Malibu home drug lab blast

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Updated: 4/09/2014 11:30 am

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 25-year-old man was airlifted to a hospital with burns following an explosion during a suspected drug manufacturing process at a house in Malibu.

The Los Angeles Times reports arriving firefighters found the home fully engulfed in flames Tuesday evening.

Sheriff's Sgt. Fray Lupian says an initial investigation of the burned-out structure uncovered hash oil at the residence.

Hash oil, also known as honey oil, is a potent marijuana byproduct extracted with butane from parts of the plant that are often discarded.

Lupian says the man, who was not immediately identified, would likely be arrested on drug-related charges after recovering.

Last month two men were critically burned in similar explosions at a house in Commerce. A hash oil extraction laboratory was found inside the house.

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