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Isla Vista Explosion Caused by Hash Oil Extraction

31-Year-Old Resident Arrested and Treated for Minor Burns


Monday, December 10, 2012
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A 31-year-old Isla Vista resident was hurt in an explosion he reportedly caused trying to extract hash oil from marijuana plants in his Trigo Road home. Mathew Bacon was arrested by Santa Barbara County Fire investigators for arson and conspiracy, and he has been treated for minor burns to his face and arm.

According to County Fire spokesperson Capt. David Sadecki, firefighters responded to a gas leak at 6624 Trigo Road and found a one-story duplex with a burned kitchen and its windows and a sliding glass door blown out. A Sheriff’s deputy on the scene told firefighters there had been an explosion and that a potential patient had fled the scene.

The county’s Arson Task Force determined a flash fire had indeed ignited “from the illegal act of obtaining ‘Hashish Oil’ from marijuana plants,” Sadecki said in a prepared statement. Bacon was located and taken into custody soon after. His bail is set at $250,000.

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Seems to me arson is supposed to be intentional, not accidental whether some other "crime" is being committed or not. Thankfully no one else was hurt.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2012 at 4:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree with this comment. He left the scene of a crime and possessed marijuana,...but is no more an arsonist than if he had been using fireworks and there was a fire.

tomtowle (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2012 at 5:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is just funny but glad no one got hurt!

miked442 (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2012 at 6:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

who lives in Isla Vista at age 31?

bobfromla (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2012 at 8:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry, I'm not feeling sorry for this guy. I hope they get him on every charge they can. Too many people in a crowded area in I.V. - a gas explosion could do MAJOR damage/death.

Scooter (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2012 at 10:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Perhaps the charge is arson because he was doing an intentional act involving combustible gas and should have known that there would be or could be an explosion and fire...? If so, it's quite a stretch and, if found guilty, will result quite a stretch in prison.

at_large (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2012 at 12:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Anybody lighting a BBQ could face the same risk. And there are people of every age living in IV.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2012 at 12:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Damn, this ruins my argument that marijuana is harmless, but then again anything in the hands of a dumba** can be hazardous.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2012 at 3:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Come on, everybody knows you're supposed to do that s--t outside.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 12:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I have heard rumors regarding some law enforcement and/or courts treating cannabis concentrates differently than cannabis. This is completely idiotic and is only due to false perceptions. Considering growing for medicinal purposes is legal, when you grow you have to trim the product and you end up with "hash" "concentrate" all over your fingers and scissors. You can also make it using the trimmings, which are otherwise virtually useless. Both of these "hash" "concentrates" are medicine that can be used in edibles for patients who choose not to smoke and can also be used in moderation to decrease the amount of intake of plant material into the lungs. Concentrate, in this case, simply means less plant material and it is the excess plant material, arguably, that makes ingesting cannabis through smoking harmful (though it turns out it is relatively benign). I don't know why this substance would have any different classification other than cannabis in the courts or otherwise.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 12:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Edibles are an easier way of taking canabis and you can control it by eating more or less of an edible. Plus, it is better than smoking.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 8:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Would you recommend a cancer patient smoke? County Supes Janet Wolfe, Joni Gray, and Salud Carbajal do. If dispensaries were still open in the county there wouldn't be people trying to do this in their homes.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 11:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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