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Butane honey oil blast shakes Lebanon apartment complex

A butane honey oil explosion blasted a wall off a foundation at a Lebanon apartment complex and sent a woman to the hospital on Tuesday.

Posted: Aug 19, 2020 2:06 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2020 2:16 PM

LEBANON, Ore. -- A butane honey oil explosion blasted a wall off a foundation at a Lebanon apartment complex and sent a woman to the hospital on Tuesday.

Lebanon police said officers responded to 685 South 5th Street at about 2 p.m. Reports indicated there had been a loud explosion and a woman was injured.

Upon arriving, officers learned a woman had come running from the apartment with her hair on fire. She was taken to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with burns. A man who was at the residence at the time of the explosion was not injured.

Officials worked with the property management team to check the structural integrity of the apartment complex. 

Through interviews with neighbors, authorities learned that the cause of the explosion was likely a butane canister. Investigators learned the home contained marijuana, butane and other items used in the making of butane honey oil. Butane can be highly explosive if large quanitites are ignited.

After receiving a search warrant, detectives went into the home and found evidence confirming that butane honey oil was being manufactured at the residence, police said.

The investigation is ongoing. Police are not releasing the names of those involved at this time. There is no immediate threat to the public. Anyone with information should contact detectives at 541-258-4318.

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