Police: Man Making Hash Oil Believed To Have Caused Apartment Explosion


Dozens were evacuated on an icy Saturday night after police say a small explosion rattled a Springs apartment complex.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. at a complex on the 300 block of University Drive, near Airport.

Responding officers say that after arriving on scene, they found a 51-year-old man who admitted to living inside the unit where the explosion occurred.

After investigating further, police say they believe 51-year-old Lee Brown was making hash oil inside the apartment, using butane fuel. They say at some point the butane fuel ignited, causing the explosion.

Hash oil is a high-potency form of marijuana.

Brown was arrested for suspicion of unlawful possession, and manufacturing of a controlled substance; offenses relating to marijuana and marijuana concentrate; keeping, maintaining, controlling, renting, or making available property for unlawful distribution or manufacture of controlled substances; and reckless endangerment.

A 29-year-old man was also in the apartment at the time of the explosion, but was not arrested.

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