Hash oil suspected in Truckee explosion

TRUCKEE -- Four Truckee men have been booked into the Truckee jail for investigation of drug manufacturing following a chemical explosion at one of the men's apartments.

Responding to a reported "grease fire" Sunday afternoon, (NOTE: 12/15) police and firefighters "quickly determined there had been a small chemical explosion," according to a Truckee Police Department news release.

The explosion occurred at the Truckee Pines Apartments, 10100 Estates Drive, while the men were using butane fuel in an effort to make "hash oil" from marijuana in order to obtain stronger THC content, said Police Sgt. Robert Womack.

It's a dangerous extraction practice that is on the rise and has resulted in many explosions and fires across California and the rest of the country, according to the release, which says the explosions often endanger families and neighbors.

Anthony Garner, 20, in whose apartment the explosion occurred, was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital with moderate burns.

Garner was later booked into jail for investigation of manufacturing drugs, child endangerment, conspiracy to commit crimes and maintaining a residence for manufacturing drugs, all felonies.

Arrested at the scene for investigation of manufacturing drugs, child endangerment, and conspiracy to commit crimes were Kiev Watson-Akright, 22, Yvenel Casseide, 21, and Austin Coton, 21.

All the men were actively involved in trying to make hash oil, according to the release.