Police: Explosion caused by man attempting to make concentrated cannabis | SierraSun.com

Police: Explosion caused by man attempting to make concentrated cannabis

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; A 22-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly causing an explosion while attempting to make a concentrated form of cannabis from marijuana plant parts.

Around 7 p.m. Samuel Frangella was allegedly using liquid butane to make and#8220;honey oiland#8221; from parts of a marijuana plant at a hotel on the 1200 Block of Bonanza Avenue when the butane exploded and blew out the windows of the room, said Jeff Catchings, task force commander of the South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Frangella, a South Lake Tahoe resident who recently moved from Illinois, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, arson and child endangerment following the blast.

The child endangerment allegation arose from the presence of a young child in a nearby apartment, Catchings said. No one was hurt in the explosion.

Glass from the windows was sent as far as 100 feet from the building and Frangella was lucky to escape injury, Catchings said.

Frangella remained in custody in El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe Friday afternoon. It is unknown if he has an attorney.

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.