A concentrated cannabis lab exploded on a residential street in Rocklin on Saturday evening.
Rocklin police responded to reports of an explosion on the 5000 block of Second Street at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday to find evidence of a portable operation used to illegally produce butane honey oil, according to a media release.
Also known as hash oil, honey oil can have up to four times the THC concentration as marijuana. Using butane to strip away unnecessary elements quickens the extraction process but can result in fiery blasts, as seen Saturday. Sacramento County supervisors voted last year to limit sales of butane to 600 milliliters, roughly equal to a pint glass, in an effort to crack down on illegal labs.
The suspect fled the scene on foot and had not been caught as of Monday morning. Second Street was closed from Maple Street to Rocklin Road while police investigated the blast’s cause. No injuries had been reported and the surrounding community was not considered to be at risk.
Police are encouraging anyone with information about the lab to call 916-625-5400.