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February 5, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
The "chef" hunkered over a batch of hash oil he was making in a kitchen in Redondo Beach, using a common but extremely dangerous method known as "open blasting. " The 26-year-old meticulously stirred and heated the marijuana extract into the highest clarity, slowly producing "butane honey oil" that would be as clear and pure as amber. This potent type of hash, also called "wax," has taken off in the marijuana market with the rise of electronic cigarettes and other vaporizing devices.
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April 9, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
Glendale police uncovered the second hash-oil operation in as many weeks Tuesday night -- the same night a similar lab exploded at a home in Malibu, injuring one person. Police arrested a man and a woman in connection with the Glendale operation, which was discovered inside a home in the 1200 block of East Lexington Drive during a probation compliance check, police Sgt. Luis Pasache said. "It puts the community at risk," he said, adding that the home is between two apartment buildings.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Melissa Palma never thought much about the huge gas storage tanks perched on a hillside near the San Pedro home she and her husband settled into 18 years ago. Only recently she learned that the domed, 40-year-old, circular, steel structures contain up to 25 million gallons of highly flammable butane — what some neighbors and public officials say are the makings of a potential catastrophe. "I was very, very shocked," Palma said. "It's so bizarre that I never knew about this.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
The "chef" hunkered over a batch of hash oil he was making in a kitchen in Redondo Beach, using a common but extremely dangerous method known as "open blasting. " The 26-year-old meticulously stirred and heated the marijuana extract into the highest clarity, slowly producing "butane honey oil" that would be as clear and pure as amber. This potent type of hash, also called "wax," has taken off in the marijuana market with the rise of electronic cigarettes and other vaporizing devices.
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July 13, 2013 | By Judi Dash
ThermaCell has designed a bug banisher that multi-tasks as an outdoor lantern. Eight LED lights with low and high settings run on 4 AA batteries (not included). The butane cartridge heats an insect repellent pad (both included), thwarting mosquitoes and other flying insects for up to 15 square feet. The lantern has on/off settings and a button to activate the butane cartridge. The lantern carry handle makes for easy toting. At less than 8 inches tall, the lightweight lantern/repeller makes a good camping or outdoor lounging aid. Recommended for outdoor use only.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
Glendale police uncovered the second hash-oil operation in as many weeks Tuesday night -- the same night a similar lab exploded at a home in Malibu, injuring one person. Police arrested a man and a woman in connection with the Glendale operation, which was discovered inside a home in the 1200 block of East Lexington Drive during a probation compliance check, police Sgt. Luis Pasache said. "It puts the community at risk," he said, adding that the home is between two apartment buildings.
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October 28, 1985 | Associated Press
A local industrialist was killed by the explosion of a common butane lighter while he was lighting a cigarette, the Huntington County coroner said Sunday. William Schacht II, who was chairman and president of a rubber firm, died Friday from burns and asphyxiation from heat, Coroner Greg Sprinkle said. Schacht may have released too much fuel before igniting the lighter, Sprinkle said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1986 | WILLIAM NOTTINGHAM, Times Staff Writer
Seven Southern Pacific freight cars, including a tanker filled with 30,000 gallons of flammable butane, derailed in front of Compton City Hall and the Los Angeles County branch courthouse Monday, prompting an evacuation of five downtown blocks for fear of an explosion. No one was injured, but hundreds of government workers were sent home for the day and about 45 stores in and around the Compton Towne Center--the city's business heart--lost as much as $100,000 in Christmas sales, merchants said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 22-year-old Northern California man was severely burned in an explosion sparked while he was using a flammable substance allegedly to make hash oil from marijuana, authorities said Tuesday afternoon. Jeffrey Isaiah Bolds sustained second- and-third-degree burns on his face and hands when the explosion tore through his home in Cottonwood, according to the Shasta County Interagency Narcotics Task Force. A 2-month-old baby and a 17-year-old girl were in another room but were not injured.
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June 23, 1988 | Associated Press
Sparks from a makeshift food stall were blamed Wednesday for a fire that killed at least 47 Christian pilgrims, most of them children, who had camped outside a monastery. Hundreds of tents lay in smoldering heaps after the Tuesday night blaze that was fed by exploding butane lamps.
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July 13, 2013 | By Judi Dash
ThermaCell has designed a bug banisher that multi-tasks as an outdoor lantern. Eight LED lights with low and high settings run on 4 AA batteries (not included). The butane cartridge heats an insect repellent pad (both included), thwarting mosquitoes and other flying insects for up to 15 square feet. The lantern has on/off settings and a button to activate the butane cartridge. The lantern carry handle makes for easy toting. At less than 8 inches tall, the lightweight lantern/repeller makes a good camping or outdoor lounging aid. Recommended for outdoor use only.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 22-year-old Northern California man was severely burned in an explosion sparked while he was using a flammable substance allegedly to make hash oil from marijuana, authorities said Tuesday afternoon. Jeffrey Isaiah Bolds sustained second- and-third-degree burns on his face and hands when the explosion tore through his home in Cottonwood, according to the Shasta County Interagency Narcotics Task Force. A 2-month-old baby and a 17-year-old girl were in another room but were not injured.
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March 18, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has notified the owners of a 40-year-old San Pedro tank farm, which has up to 25 million gallons of highly flammable butane, that it is prepared to sue to ensure compliance with federal law. The formal notification of potential federal enforcement against the San Pedro Terminal, owned by Plains LPG Services and operated by Rancho LPG Holdings, was based on investigations of the facility, EPA officials said...
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October 29, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, noting last year's natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, wants to review the safety of a giant propane and butane storage facility in San Pedro that has been controversial for decades. The 40-year-old facility, which can store about 25 million gallons of liquefied petroleum gas, is one of the largest and oldest facilities of its type in the United States. Its two 80-foot-tall tanks are along North Gaffey Street about 1,000 feet from homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Melissa Palma never thought much about the huge gas storage tanks perched on a hillside near the San Pedro home she and her husband settled into 18 years ago. Only recently she learned that the domed, 40-year-old, circular, steel structures contain up to 25 million gallons of highly flammable butane — what some neighbors and public officials say are the makings of a potential catastrophe. "I was very, very shocked," Palma said. "It's so bizarre that I never knew about this.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1994 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 5-year-old girl using a lighter to keep her teddy bear warm ignited a fire early Friday that caused $25,000 in damage to an apartment building, fire investigators said. The fire, which broke out about 1:30 a.m., could have been kept to a much smaller scale had there been batteries in the smoke alarm, said Dennis Shell, an Orange County Fire Department spokesman. "Carelessness almost took the life of a little girl," he said. "This could have been a devastating holiday tragedy."
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February 25, 1988 | United Press International
About 150 guests in three motels were evacuated early today when a tanker truck carrying highly flammable butane overturned on the Ventura Freeway, closing all lanes to southbound traffic. None of the fuel leaked onto the freeway, but the guests were evacuated while crews transferred the butane into another tanker, Ventura Officer Bonnie Lucking said. The southbound lanes of the highway were closed near California Street while the transfer was under way.
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April 25, 1991 | Associated Press
A 17-year-old boy who was inhaling butane gas with friends to get high died after he blew the flammable gas on a flame and inhaled the fire, authorities said. Bucks County Coroner Thomas J. Rosko said Fred J. Karthauser blew the butane over the flame to create "this flame-throwing effect."
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April 27, 1993 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
These days, everyone knows the use of alcohol, marijuana and cocaine is rampant among youths. But sometimes it takes a teen-ager's death to alert people to another kind of drug problem: the abuse of common household chemicals called inhalants. In St. Petersburg, Fla., it took the death of Carla Hinkle, 16, who was buried in her "Lady Canes" softball uniform. In Chicago, it took the death of Christian Whittaker, 16, who, according to his friends, didn't use illegal drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1991
Seven people suffered minor injuries when a butane tank exploded Thursday in a commercial building in Mission Hills, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The tank in a commercial building, which houses about 20 businesses in the 15400 block of San Fernando Mission Boulevard near Sepulveda Boulevard, exploded about 7:15 p.m., a department spokesman said.
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