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November 22, 2013

Explosion tied to suspected drug making rocks Woodland home

A drug-making process might have caused an explosion that severely damaged a Woodland garage.

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An explosion at a Woodland home blew walls from their foundation and led to the arrest of a woman on drug-making charges.

Woodland police and firefighters were dispatched to 87 Utah Ave. about 7:30 p.m. Thursday to investigate a report of an explosion and fire. While the emergency personnel were en route, witnesses reported seeing several men running from the address, one of them on fire.

When firefighters arrived, they put out the fire, allowing officers to find a large amount of marijuana in the garage and a bedroom. In addition, butane containers and traces of concentrated cannabis were found near where the fire started.

Authorities say someone had been engaged in a chemical extraction process to make concentrated cannabis when the explosion occurred. The blast blew a garage door out, destroyed ceiling drywall and blew walls from their foundation and roof trusses.

A Woodland building inspector deemed the residence uninhabitable and ordered the sole resident to vacate, a police news release states.

Officers arrested Lucinda Alvira Alarcon-Rodriguez, 22, on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and manufacturing a controlled substance through chemical extraction.

Alarcon-Rodriguez was not injured, and there have been no other injuries reported, police said.

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