Explosions rock Tempe apartment complex

Posted at 11:22 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 01:22:34-05

Police are looking for the suspects who caused an explosion at a Tempe apartment complex Monday night.

The incident happened around 7 p.m. near the 101 and Southern Avenue.

Tempe police say somebody in one of the second story apartments was trying to use butane to extract hash oil from marijuana when the explosion happened. Butane is a flammable gas, which can concentrate when used indoors and explode.  Hash oil is a potent derivative of marijuana. Marijuana publications, including High Times, warn against using the butane extraction process indoors.

“It felt like an earthquake,” resident Melody Khorshidpanah said of the explosion. “I’m from California and it kind of reminded me of that.” She lives in a building near the explosion site.

Another resident, Carlos Ortiz, said his bedroom ceiling caved in after the explosion. He lives beneath the suspect's apartment.

Authorities tell ABC15, they do not know where the suspects are. Nobody was found in the apartment where the explosion occurred.

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