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Police: Explosion caused by THC extraction

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - A 22-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly causing an explosion while attempting to make a concentrated form of cannabis from marijuana plant parts.

Around 7 p.m. Samuel Frangella was allegedly using liquid butane to make "honey oil" from parts of a marijuana plant at a hotel on the 1200 Block of Bonanza Avenue when the butane exploded and blew out the windows of the room, said Jeff Catchings, task force commander of the South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Frangella, a South Lake Tahoe resident who recently moved from Illinois, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, arson and child endangerment following the blast.

The child endangerment allegation arose from the presence of a young child in a nearby apartment, Catchings said. No one was hurt in the explosion.

Glass from the windows was sent as far as 100 feet from the building and Frangella was lucky to escape injury, Catchings said.

Frangella remained in custody in El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe Friday afternoon. It is unknown if he has an attorney.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 9, 2012 07:10PM Published Mar 9, 2012 07:09PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.