A Citrus Heights man suffered burns Tuesday afternoon in what police said was an explosion of a honey-oil lab at a residence.
Citrus Heights police received several calls about 2:50 p.m. reporting smoke coming from a duplex in the 5800 block of Sperry Drive. As officers were responding to the home, the sole occupant of the duplex ran outside suffering from burns sustained in a fire that resulted from a small chemical explosion, according to a Police Department news release.
During the investigation, officers determined that the occupant, 49-year-old David Aaron Jantz, was attempting a chemical solvent extraction of butane to manufacture hash oil from marijuana, police said.
The process is extremely dangerous and has resulted in deaths and injuries nationwide, the news release said.
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With the help of the California Multijurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team, the lab was safely removed from the residence, police said.
Jantz was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance through chemical solvent extraction, a felony.
Police stressed that the passage of Proposition 64, which allows people 21 and older to possess specified amounts of marijuana, did not legalize the chemical-extraction process used to create hash or honey oil. They advise anyone who becomes aware of a lab to go to a safe location and notify a local law enforcement agency.