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2 Carlsbad Residents Arrested After Hash Oil Lab Caught Fire

The hash oil lab blew up during the extraction process sparking a house fire

Police arrested two suspects for multiple charges after their hash oil lab caught fire at their house in Carlsbad Wednesday evening.

Peter McDonald, 56, and David Silva, 51, were booked into the Vista Detention Facility, after detectives located finished concentrated cannabis, more than 50 marijuana plants, psilocybin mushrooms, a gun and other drug-related items at the house.

McDonald faces charges of manufacturing drugs, possessing and selling drugs and causing the house fire. Silva faces charges for manufacturing drugs and possessing a short barreled shotgun.

A honey oil lab caught fire at the home earlier that evening, according to the Carlsbad Police Department. The flames sparked around 6:50 p.m., on Chestnut Avenue, just a block away from the Carlsbad High School. Police received reports of flames rising from the roof.

When police and fire crews arrived, the residents had already extinguished the fire.

Carlsbad officers discovered a butane honey oil lab and marijuana plants in the backyard of the home. Butane is often used to extract butane honey oil, a super-potent type of hash that’s popular on the marijuana market.

These items are often used to extract concentrated cannabis by using flammable solvents. Officers found the items near the source of the fire. Investigators said the fire sparked when the lab blew up during the extraction process. Hazmat crews were called to the scene due to the presence of chemicals. 

No further information was currently available.

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