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Brothers arrested after suspected honey oil lab explosion at Roseville apartment

Two men were arrested after a suspected honey oil lab exploded, damaging the balcony of a Roseville apartment Tuesday evening, Feb. 13, 2018.
Two men were arrested after a suspected honey oil lab exploded, damaging the balcony of a Roseville apartment Tuesday evening, Feb. 13, 2018. Roseville Police Department

Roseville police have arrested two brothers after a suspected honey oil lab exploded, damaging the balcony wall of an apartment.

Roseville firefighters responded at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday to a report of an explosion on an apartment balcony in the 1600 block of Vineyard Road. The explosion damaged the wall enclosing the balcony, and the heat from the explosion activated the building’s fire sprinklers, according to a Police Department Facebook post.

When firefighters arrived, they notified police that there were signs of a honey oil lab, an illegal operation that uses butane gas and other equipment to manufacture concentrated cannabis products, the news release said.

Police responded and arrested 57-year-old Gary Arlen Folkerts and his brother, 56-year-old Larry Gene Folkerts, both of Roseville, on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance by means of chemical extraction, keeping a place to sell drugs and conspiracy.

Police said one of the men was transported to a hospital for treatment before he was booked. Both are now housed in the South Placer Jail.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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