LOS ANGELES (AP) – An explosion on Saturday at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles injured 11 firefighters who entered the building after an initial report of a fire.
Los Angeles Fire Department captain Erik Scott said "a significant explosion" shook the neighborhood at about 6:30 pm and when rescuers arrived, they saw firefighters emerging from the building with burns and other injuries. He did not provide conditions for the wounded.
He described the business as a manufacturer of "butane honey oil". Butane is an odorless gas that ignites easily.
The oil manufacturing process involves extracting the high-induction chemical THC from cannabis plants to create a highly potent concentrate, also known as hash oil. The oil can be used in vape pens, edibles, waxes and other products.
Firefighters were initially called to 327 East Boyd St., in the city's toy district, to report a fire in a one-story office building. Firefighters entered the building and there was nothing unusual until the explosion.
More than 200 firefighters rushed to the scene and dozens of engines, trucks and rescue vehicles clogged the streets. The fire spread to several nearby buildings, but firefighters managed to put it out in about an hour.
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