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Police: Marijuana Growing at Site of Orinda Explosion

Update: The Orchard Road property where an explosion apparently burned a 25-year-old man Sunday afternoon had pot growing. No arrests have been made, police say.

Update, 6:20 p.m. Monday, details from Sgt. Rafanan.

Police discovered a marijuana-growing operation on Orchard Road, Orinda, while investigating the report of an explosion that burned a 25-year-old man Sunday afternoon.

No arrests have been made and the cause of the explosion is under investigation, according to a Monday news release from Orinda police.

The explosion took place in an outdoor shed where the man was making hash oil and was reported at 1:36 p.m. Sunday, said Orinda Police Sgt. Neil Rafanan. The man was apparently "using butane to make hash oil when he suffered severe burns to his hands, upper torso and legs," Rafanan said.

The 25-year-old man was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and his condition Monday was unknown, police reported. Police on Sunday reported the man was badly burned and said the explosion may have been caused by a cigarette touching off paint thinner, the Contra Costa Times reported.

This incident puts added focus on a Sacramento court hearing on medical marijuana dispensaries scheduled for Tuesday.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

Chris Nicholson February 04, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Was the pot growing on the property where the explosion happened? If not, you might want to clarify and/or remove the map that pinpoints a particular home. If I was badly burned AND wrongly accused of being a pot grower, it might ruin my day.
Eastofthehills February 04, 2013 at 11:25 PM
mean streets of orinda
Amanda February 05, 2013 at 01:31 AM
cctimes published the address. It's consistent with this map.
My Kids Dad February 05, 2013 at 02:29 AM
sounds like a smart one - smoking and using paint thinner in a shed!
Summer Hemphill February 08, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Dry Ice extraction is an excellent alternative to butane extraction - Obviously !!! Butane extraction is extremely dangerous due to the flammable gases involved & should never be performed in an enclosed area where the vapor can build up !
Patricia A Dickson March 12, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Just out of curiosity.....I wonder how many people with 'medical mj cards' really have medical problems. The whole process is a joke. PS I don't want your 'second hand smoke' from a joint, any more than I want it from cigs.
Patricia A Dickson March 12, 2013 at 02:54 PM
If you really have a medical problem, I hope mj is helping, however, I STILL don't want your second hand smoke!

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