Honey Lab Explosion in Ventura

erectile arial, treat sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>Just after 2 pm this afternoon, Friday November 25th,  a large explosion was heard from the second floor of a large apartment complex on Hearst Ave in the Ventura Midtown. Police and Fire immediately responded and found smoke coming from a single unit. Firefighters entered the building and located the main body of the fire in the kitchen area. Fire crews knocked down the fire in 3 minutes and crews searched for extension in the one bedroom unit, while ensuring the attached units were not compromised.

A total of four people were inside the unit of the time of the explosion. All four were able to exit the apartment with one complaining of difficulty breathing and was assessed by fire paramedics. The blast was due to the ignition of butane that occurred during a highly dangerous process of making hash oil from marijuana. 

Ventura Police investigated the scene, controlled access, interviewed witnesses and provided traffic control. A special investigation unit was dispatched to the scene. Further information in regard police actions will be forthcoming.

The unit was deemed a crime scene by the Police Department and the Fire Department yellow tagged the single occupancy limiting habitation of the unit. All adjacent units were deemed to be without damage. Ventura’s Building and Safety Department will examine the structure to ensure the safety of unit and will lift the limited occupancy restriction at that time. The scene is still under investigation with the Ventura Police Department. Total damage to the building and contents is estimated to be under $10,000.


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Photo Credits: Ventura Police Department


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