BOOM! went the hash oil lab

Police detectives arrested one person Thursday after a drug lab exploded, sparking a fire and damaging homes in a north Modesto neighborhood, according to the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigation Unit.

Investigators determined the fire was caused by the explosion of a butane hash oil laboratory, commonly known as a honey oil lab, at the home in the 2300 block of Whitcomb Way, just west of Sisk Road and a few blocks south of Chrysler Elementary School.

The drug lab was inside a shed in the home’s back yard, police reported. Inside the home, investigators found numerous marijuana plants, a large amount of cannabis edible gummies and the hash oil used to make cannabis edibles.

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13 Responses to BOOM! went the hash oil lab

  1. Why would anyone even want to smoke hash tainted with butane? Heated press = pure wax.

  2. Bootmaker says:

    screw the butane route, too much can go wrong…a simple drop of sweat can cause an unwanted reaction…
    instead, i use grain alcohol to make ‘green dragon’…its safer, easier, more enjoyable (IMO)
    plus, with my countertop distiller, i can re use the same hooch multiple times

  3. Bert says:

    Every time I go to WallyWorld I swing by the camp supplies and check the Coleman gas bottles; almost all the time the butane is sold out, whereas the other products generally have plenty of stock. Hmmmmm.

    A few years ago there was a house explosion in Park County, Colorado one chilly evening. A silver pickup was seen dropping off 3 burn victims a couple of miles away at a convenience store, then the pickup sped away. Each of the 3 was air lifted to Denver for treatment. About half of the 1/2 million dollar house was blown away; owned by some doctor who apparently had some other interests than medicine. After the initial coverage the media “forgot” all about it-never found out if anyone was charged or convicted. It scared the shit out of the neighbors as the wildfire danger was high and that area had a couple of good sized fires in the previous decade.

    Butane leaks + any kind of spark = big boom. Old compressors with arcing contactors can do it, as can a simple static spark from fingertip to light switch. Anyone who smokes while making hash oil is playing Russian roulette.

    • Sanders says:

      Dang, and I just bought a little butane camp stove. Haven’t tried to buy any of the little bottles for it, yet.

  4. Elmo says:

    That story linked to another. A stolen 100 kW generator led to another big illegal grow near Oakdale.
    They’re keeping pretty busy in Stanislaus County these days, aren’t they?

  5. Tree Mike says:

    Mmmm…drugs are bad, mmmkay?

  6. Rick says:

    It is concerning how so many here know how to make this crap. I’ll add it to the poster’s dossier.

    • Wirecutter says:

      It’s not hard. Get a piece of PVC pipe, cap it, drill holes in the pipe near the cap, stuff it full of trash weed, and spray butane into it. What drips out of the holes is hash oil. Easy peasy.

  7. Dave says:

    Many long years ago (how long is the statute of limitations?), I must have done 500-600 of these extractions. Never had a single problem. Did it outdoors, in an enclosed courtyard, which featured a steady wind, and boiled off the butane with hot water that was heated somewhere else. I never did it when high (didn’t smoke in those days) and never forgot I was dealing with a potentially explosive gas. Couple of weeks ago, a nimrod down the street managed to blow up his bedroom due to a “butane mishap”. Geez. The best I ever heard was in Arcadia, where an older woman was showing her younger companion how to do it “like the professionals”. The window was open 6 inches, so they had “plenty” of ventilation. Then she showed her a quick way to evaporate the butane, using a bernzomatic torch. With predictable results.

Play nice.