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HASH HOUSE BLAST ROCKS DOWNTOWN L.A.

State and local authorities launched a criminal probe after a massive explosion at Smoke Tokes, a headshop distribution warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. Officials are looking at whether chemicals stored on site were responsible for the blast.
Los Angeles Times

  • The Smoke Tokes web site advertises a variety of butanes for sale. Butane is a highly explosive chemical used as a solvent to make some cannabis concentrates. It is known for blowing up bootleg labs and leaving people dead or disfigured.
  • California issues licenses to companies for “volatile solvent” extraction.
    CDPH
  • The cause of the fire has not been determined. The L.A. Times couldn’t reach Smoke Tokes’ owners.
  • Firefighters received a call Saturday evening about a structural fire at the building near Skid Row and Little Tokyo in an area know as “bong row.”
  • After they arrived on the scene there was “a significant explosion, very high, very wide, rumbling the entire area.”
    L.A. Times
  • Another DTLA business called Smoke Tokes had a major fire in 2016. It’s not clear if there’s a connection.
  • Twelve firefighters were injured, several seriously. All are expected to survive.

Bottom line: No matter what details emerge, it’s not a good look as the industry tries to capitalize on its “essential” status.

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