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Update: One Person Injured in Weho Apartment Building Explosion

The blast is caused by someone in the apartment building using a flammable gas to extract the active ingredient THC from marijuana, police say.

A man using a flammable gas to extract the active ingredient from marijuana was hospitalized with first- and second-degree burns today after he sparked an explosion at his West Hollywood apartment.

The blast, reported at 6:50 p.m. Friday at 1260 Havenhurst Drive, between Santa Monica Boulevard and Fountain Avenue, caused two units to be red tagged, displacing 12 other people, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The blast was caused by the man's use of a flammable gas to extract the active ingredient THC from marijuana to make a substance called honey oil, county fire Investigator Quvondo Johnson told reporters at the scene.

Honey oil, also called hash oil, contains concentrated THC and produces a more intense high than unrefined marijuana. It is often extracted from low- grade marijuana or parts of the plant such as leaves and stems that users consider less desirable than the plant's buds, according to marijuana-related websites.

It was unclear whether the man would face criminal charges.

Ali January 26, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Thanks for letting us know what all the sirens and helicopter noise was about so quickly.
Shelbie Jackson January 26, 2013 at 05:30 PM
SAY NO TO DRUGS !! * lame ass
JESS Kalinowsky Registered Voter January 27, 2013 at 12:30 AM
WHY? would criminal charges NOT be filed! That is insane. He caused damage to a apartment building, AND potential bodily harm, or possibly DEATH to how many residents? Put his ass in jail! One must be responsible for their actions.
Bazoo January 27, 2013 at 08:34 AM
Of course criminal charges should be filed. The guy displaced 12 other people and nearly burned down the building. Would you want to live next to an idiot like that?
George January 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM
This is why I have such a problem with marijuana being legalized. I know people who live in an apartment on Sweetzer who do this shit. They got all angry at me for saying something about it. I became the bad guy. People on drug rationalize there bad behavior. No one does anything until something like this happens or if people are killed as a result of this nonsense.
Linda January 28, 2013 at 12:22 AM
My biggest issue is WHY ARE A HANDFUL OF MEDIA HELICOPTERS permitted to hover over residential areas like ours for over an hour during an occurrence like this, causing excessive noise and disruption to an entire community? ENOUGH!!!!

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