Police: Albuquerque home explosion linked to pot wax lab

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police discovered on Monday that an Albuquerque home may have housed a pot wax lab.

Two men were burned badly Sunday afternoon following what fire investigators say appears to be an explosion at the same home. APD is investigating the explosion as a marijuana wax extraction operation.

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Marijuana wax is a more potent form of the drug. They say that form of marijuana could be up to four times stronger in THC content than high grade marijuana. They also say the process to make the wax is very dangerous because it uses highly flammable butane to extract the THC from the cannabis plant.

Police believe that child abuse charges will arise from the investigation because teenagers were present at the time. The homeowners could also be charged with arson. Wax manufacturing is not currently on state law books.

Albuquerque firefighters say they were called out to a home off of Eagle River Road northwest, near Unser and Ladera, at about 5 p.m.

Fire officials say one victim was able to escape while another had to be rescued from the home. Both were transported to the hospital with serious burns.

KRQE News 13 will provide information as it becomes available.

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