House explosion blamed on marijuana manufacturing process; 3 people charged

CARR, Colo. - Prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for two men accused of manufacturing marijuana in a home that exploded in August.

The two men and a 7-year-old child were hurt in the explosion, officials said.

Levi Allen, 27, and Clayton Smith, 27, are wanted on suspicion of child abuse, manufacturing marijuana concentrate, and arson.

Prosecutors said Allen and Smith were attempting to manufacture marijuana concentrate inside a home in Carr on Aug. 11 when an explosion blew out windows and appeared to lift the roof off the home.

The 7-year-old told investigators that the men were making "oil that you use to smoke weed" when the explosion occurred, prosecutors said.

Lavonne Bessler, 53, has also been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance for allowing the men to manufacture marijuana concentrate on her property, prosecutors said. She was not home when the house exploded.

Carr is located in northeast Weld County, near the Wyoming border, between Interstate 25 and Highway 85.

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