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Truckee Police: House Explosion Caused by Drug Manufacturing

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Courtesy: Truckee Police Department Courtesy: Truckee Police Department

Truckee, California police say a house explosion that happened on Wednesday afternoon was the result of a man manufacturing drugs.

Officers say they were called to a home in the Ponderosa Palisades subdivision Wednesday just before 5pm on the report of an explosion.

Officers say when authorities got to the home, they found a man later identified as 54-year-old Douglas Hall with burns to his face and hands. Also on scene were Hall's girlfriend and young child, who had been in the house at the time of the explosion. 

Witnesses stated Hall was trying to hide items from the explosion as units arrived on scene. The home suffered extensive damage from the blast and was "red tagged" as unsafe for occupation by the Town of Truckee Building Department.

An investigation later revealed the blast was the result of a Butane Honey Oil (BHO) extraction process that went awry. Police say Hall told them he was using Butane to extract THC from marijuana when the fumes ignited at the water heater. They search a search of the residence revealed over 1,000 empty cans of Butane, a highly flammable chemical solvent used in the manufacturing of Hash or Honey Oil, sometimes also called Butter, Wax, or Dabs because of its yellowish waxy appearance. 

In addition, officers say they found finished product with a street value of $1,200 to $1,500 and located several pounds of marijuana that was waiting to be processed.

Hall was arrested for possession of concentrated cannabis, manufacturing controlled substances with chemicals, and felony child endangerment and booked at the Wayne Brown Facility in Nevada City. 

Police say Hall admitted to manufacturing and selling the Hash Oil to Cannabis Clubs in the San Francisco area. While Hall claimed to have a doctor's recommendation for the possession of marijuana, a recommendation does not cover the chemical manufacturing of controlled substances or the extreme danger Hall placed his young child in during the manufacturing process.

If you have any information related to this case specifically, contact Sgt. Robert Womack at (530) 550-2335.

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