A man sustained burns in an explosion caused by a "concentrated marijuana lab" early Thursday at a Moreno Valley apartment complex, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Deputies responded to the reported explosion about 12:50 a.m. Oct. 31 to the Walker
Terrace Apartments in the 13200 block of Heacock Street, sheriff's Sgt. Brian Holmes said in a statement.
"Within minutes after receiving the call, officers located a Hispanic
male outside an apartment," Holmes said.
The unidentified suspect, a 30-year-old resident of Moreno Valley, suffered burn wounds over his body, Holmes said. He was
taken to a hospital for medical treatment and he was said to be in stable condition.
"After Moreno Valley Fire Officials deemed the residence safe, officers
from the Moreno Valley Police Department located a concentrated
marijuana lab," Holmes said. "Further investigation determined the concentrated
marijuana lab caused the explosion."
Riverside County Sheriff's Drug
Endangered Children investigators responded and
determined four children were at risk due the concentrated
marijuana lab and the explosion, Holmes said.
"Due to the severity of the suspect's injuries, he was not arrested at
this time," Holmes said. "This case will be forwarded to the Riverside County
District Attorney’s Office for further review."
The man's name was not released because he had not been arrested, sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell said Friday morning.
"The children would have been turned over to Child Protective Services since they determined they
were endangered," McConnell said.