5 men burned in home drug lab

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - — Joseph Serna

Five men were se­ri­ously burned and a Red­ding neigh­bor­hood was jarred awake early Mon­day when a sus­pected honey oil lab ex­ploded in­side a garage, send­ing its roof fly­ing through the air, au­thor­i­ties said.

The ex­plo­sion oc­curred about 1 a.m. in a de­tached garage in the 1600 block of Green Street, a quiet res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood packed with sin­gle-fam­ily homes.

When fire­fight­ers ar­rived, they found five men with third-de­gree burns, said Deputy Chief Gerry Gray of the Red­ding Fire Depart­ment.

Though the men re­fused to co­op­er­ate, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found ev­i­dence of a honey oil lab in­side the garage, in­clud­ing sev­eral bu­tane cans, Gray said.

A honey oil lab pro­duces highly con­cen­trated THC, the chem­i­cal that gives mar­i­juana its “high” ef­fect.

Bu­tane is used in the con­cen­trat­ing process and ex­plo­sions in­volv­ing sus­pected honey oil labs are be­com­ing more fre­quent in Red­ding, Gray said.

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