A 21-year-old man was critically injured in an explosion when he lit a cigarette and ignited the fumes from a butane torch he was using. The incident occurred at a residency hotel in San Diego located near Sea World. A 20-year-old woman in the room was also seriously injured. Police initially suspected the two were manufacturing methamphetamine, but it appears the butane torch was being used on marijuana in an effort to extract hashish oil. The couple may be facing drug charges. The explosion was large. It blew out walls and windows in the building and flames and smoke were seen billowing from the roof. Guests reported seeing a man rushing down a hall in flames. Another male in the building suffered burns and a concussion.
A 40-year-old Cocolalla man was extradited and returned to California from another state on a warrant involving first-degree murder charges. He is being held without bond in San Bernardino County. The man is accused of killing two men in 1995 whose remains have never been found. The crime is alleged to have happened when the extradited man and an accomplice offered to sell ephedrine to the two missing men. Ephedrine is an ingredient used to make methamphetamine, and it is contended that selling them the drug was actually a ruse to rob the two men. Since the two were never seen after they left to meet with the extradited man and his accomplice, it is alleged that he and his partner killed them.