Hash oil blamed for explosion in Manitou Springs

2 arrested following blast

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - Police say two people have been arrested for causing an explosion while making hash oil in a Manitou Springs apartment.

The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1kbLmjU ) 23-year-old Audrey Horowitz and 18-year-old Michael Austin were arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson, reckless endangerment and child abuse after the explosion early Friday morning. Horowitz's 3-year-old daughter was in the apartment at the time.

No one was injured in the blast, which blew out the windows of the apartment.

Hash oil is typically made by packing the castoff leaves and stems of pot plants into a pipe and pouring highly flammable butane through it. The concoction is heated to make the potent oil for far cheaper than it can be bought in stores.

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