From Redmond Police:
Redmond, Oregon – Yesterday, December 12th at about , Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received a call about an explosion at 2154 SW 24th Street, Redmond. Initial reports were two people were suffering burn-related injuries. Redmond Police and Redmond Fire & Rescue responded.
Police and fire personnel found two people, one male, and one female, suffering from serious burns to their body, including their faces. Both were transported by ambulance to Saint Charles Medical Center – Redmond and both were eventually flown to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Their current condition is unknown.
Law enforcement discovered evidence of a marijuana butane hash oil (BHO) lab inside the garage, where the explosion occurred. Redmond Police, with the help and expertise of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team, applied for a search warrant to search for evidence of Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana and its derivatives.
During the search of the residence, authorized by a Deschutes County Circuit Court Judge, a marijuana growing operation was discovered. The growing operation far exceeded the amounts legally permitted. Over fifty (50) mature marijuana plants were seized as evidence. Additionally, approximately $26,000 in cash, fourteen (14) firearms, and evidence of a BHO lab was seized.
While searching the garage, which is where the explosion occurred, eleven (11) pipe bombs were found, with racing fuel nearby. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad was contacted and responded from Salem to take possession of the pipe bombs and render them safe.
Our community is extremely fortunate this incident was not any worse than it was. BHO lab explosions have been known to cause large fires, knock homes off of foundations and cause property damage to neighboring buildings. There likely would have been far more damage had the racing fuel and or the pipe bombs exploded.
At this time, no arrests have been made, and no one has been charged with a crime. A report documenting this incident will be sent to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office for review, and a charging decision. As a result, the Redmond Police Department will not be identifying those injured in this incident.