Anaheim Strip Mall Explosion Possibly Caused By Illicit Drug Lab, Suspect Sought


ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — Police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a Wednesday night explosion at an Anaheim strip mall which may have been sparked by a drug lab.

The explosion happened shortly before 10 p.m. at a business in a strip mall in the 400 block of S. Euclid Street. According to Anaheim Fire & Rescue, crews were able to quickly extinguish a small exterior fire.

Anaheim police are currently searching for a suspect witnesses said fled the scene on foot with “extensive burns” to the face, arms and legs.

Fire and police investigators are currently trying to determine if the explosion and resulting fire were caused by an illicit drug lab. Anaheim Fire Capt. Mark Dunn said numerous cans of butane were found at the back of one of the businesses, and it appeared that someone was trying to extract honey oil.

According to Dunn, honey oil is usually consumed by smoking, vaporizing or eating and may be sold in cartridges used with pen vaporizers.

A witness, who owns a business in the strip mall, said he thought another earthquake had struck since the explosion caused his business to shake.

“We have not determined the occupancy or type of business of the unit in question,” Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Anaheim police.

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