[UPDATE 6:05 p.m.] Structure Fire With Explosion Across From School in McKinleyville; One Injured

A little after 2 p.m., an explosion occurred in the 1200 block of East Bates Road across from the Morris Elementary School, according to traffic over the scanner. A witness who prefers to be anonymous said he and his partner were nearby, “We heard a small explosion. We heard a lot of yelling.”

They walked around the corner and saw a fire coming from a shipping container in a front yard. “We saw smoke billowing out of the building,” he explained. “A guy appeared. He was kind of burned…He was obviously panicking.”

The witness said that the smoke “was pretty bad” and they were told by another person who had been walking his dog and was helping the injured man that “a meth lab caught on fire.” That is unconfirmed at this time, however.

We’ve requested more information from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and will update as soon as possible.

UPDATE 6:05 p.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 10/21/18 at approximately 2:04 pm, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 1200 block of E. Bates Rd. in McKinleyville for the report of Butane hash oil (BHO) extraction lab explosion. Sheriff’s deputies arrived shortly after Cal Fire and observed an active (BHO) lab inside a shipping container. A male subject was transported to a local hospital with severe burns. His condition is unknown at this time. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit responded to conduct a search of the property.

This incident is under investigation.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707)445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.



  • political moderate

    Is this a pot or meth lab?

    • Probably, if it is and its that close to a school, hang the suckers with an old rope. Don’t bring that s*** around kids ! I don’t like it around me also.

      • “Turn and Burn” : A handy colloquialism used by fighter pilots escaping the kill zone, and by flaming dope cooks.

    • Hash oil lab. Made from pot. No meth.

      • No need to explain what dope is. I’ve been here 65 years. Us old guys call anything that gets you high dope, if it’s not alcohol. Arf!

        • I would much rather be around somebody who is high from weed (may have the munchies and be lazy- but typically kind and caring) than what I have experienced from people who are high from drinking (angry, volatile, dangerous and abusive- but sometimes funny and fun too!!) OR meth/coke (paranoid, frantic, thieving, sketchy) any day!!

          But thats just me!!

  • Near school?
    Big problems now
    Sorry he got burned

    The prison system has a clinic I presume

  • Was it the Dookie Brothers?

  • Those look like greenhouses in the yard. Anyone else seeing that?

  • political moderate

    Update: told ya, a pot lab Bho.

  • It sounds like a Male Subject may have burnt off his Male Subject.

  • Good thing we’re spending all that money on pot busts, meth labs are everywhere because of it. And the good ole boys club, numerous law enforcement officers have had relatives caught cooking meth, look it up.

    • If a person is going to be hung for having a relative doing wrong, then none of us will escape. And actually it was a Butane hash oil (BHO) extraction lab explosion.

    • Meth labs everywhere? I looked it up, the last time one was busted in Humboldt it was in 2008. And as for your ‘law enforcement relatives’ comment, that was one incident.
      Sarah Sanders will be losing here job as propaganda minister at the White House soon, you should really submit an application.

    • Meth along with Heroin is not produced locally, it’s being shipped in from other countries and some from other states. very small amounts are produced in the United States.

  • Why no cannabis tag kym?

  • Hash labs are stupid…I can get a better hash by keefing it out and compression…no explosions,no butane tasting hash

    • Um. It’s not that kind of hash. That’s old school! There making oil and wax for “dabs bro”! People want the heroin high nowadays .

    • Old school. Kids these days cant get enough of the really horrible chemicals introduced by butane extraction. Ymmmmm, plastic.

  • Baby make a boom-boom.

  • Remember three things when your butane hash oil rig explodes:

    1) STOP your ass
    2) DROP your ass
    3) ROLL your ass

  • Perfect example of why we need more PERMITTED locations so we know where they are and that they are in appropriate places. Until permits and appropriate locations are more readily available this will keep happening in inappropriate places in an unsafe manner. Not to mention being affordable (not so heavily taxed) to encourage people to purchase from permitted dispensaries and not unregulated/permitted sources.

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