Explosion rocks Mid-City apartment building

January 28, 2013


A man extracting THC from pot plants blew up his and another apartment Friday night.

An explosion rocked a Havenhurst Avenue apartment building Friday night, causing one injury, homelessness for six and the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) to red tag two units.

The 6:50 pm explosion occurred due to a resident allegedly extracting THC from marijuana.

LACFD inspectors said the injured man had been using highly flammable butane and “chemicals” to extract the active oils from the marijuana plant – called honey butter – to form a highly concentrated form of pot.

No fire followed the blast, said LACFD spokespersons.

The explosion reportedly left the man injured and in the hospital; there was no word on his condition.

The blast destroyed the apartment, knocking down walls, blowing out windows and leaving plaster dust floating in the air.

The incident left dozens of residents of the building out on the street for much of the evening, until around 11 pm.

The two-story building in the 1200 block of Havenhurst Drive, between Norton and Fountain Avenues is being inspected for structural integrity.