Investigators open criminal probe into LA explosion

12 Los Angeles firefighters recovering after explosion
Posted at 7:10 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 20:10:52-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and fire investigators have launched a criminal probe into the cause of an explosion at a hash oil manufacturer in Los Angeles that injured a dozen firefighters.

They're trying to determine what might have sparked the blast that shot a ball of flames out of the downtown building Saturday and sent crews running for their lives.

Eight firefighters remained hospitalized Sunday: two were in critical condition, but all are expected to survive. A fire captain described the business where the explosion occurred as a maker of “butane honey oil.” Butane is an odorless gas that is used to extract the chemical THC from cannabis to create a highly potent oil.