A man was arrested on Wednesday in suspicion of blowing up an illegal Butane Honey Oil lab in Huntington Beach, according to the Anaheim Police Department.
Frederic John Mercado Tabora, 32, was booked on one felony count of unlawfully causing fire, two felony counts of unlawful chemical extraction and a felony enhancement of doing so within 300 feet of an occupied residence.
In January, the Anaheim Fire and Rescue Department received numerous calls of a garage fire in the 2000 block of West Blue Violet Court around 11:40 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find the garage of a two-story condominium engulfed in flames.
The condo was allegedly being used as an indoor marijuana plant as well as a THC extraction site, commonly known as Butane Honey Oil extraction.
During BHO extraction explosive gases are heated in an attempt to extract THC from cannabis leaves. The process can be a very dangerous one, according to officials.
The illegal extraction resulted in an explosion that subsequently caused the fire, according to fire investigators. The damage is estimated to be more than $450,000.
Tabora was arrested at a Motel 6 in Westminster and a search of his home in the 6100 block of Kelley Circle revealed another Butane Honey Oil lab, police said.
Tabora is being held at the Anaheim Detention Facility on a $75,000 bail.