Man Dies After Butane Honey Oil Lab Explosion in Puna a Few Days Ago

The 30-year-old Keaʻau man injured in the butane honey oil lab explosion, passed away at Straub Medical Center on Oahu today after being in a medically induced coma for the last few days.

HPDBadgeThe 28-year-old Puna woman who was arrested in connection with a drug-related explosion has been released from police custody.

I’m withholding identification of man until it has been publicly released.

A 30-year-old Keaʻau man injured last week in a butane honey oil lab explosion in Puna has died from his injuries.

The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his family, was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m. Thursday (January 2) at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu.

The December 28 blast on 17th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision also knocked out windows, melted plumbing fixtures and blew the doors off cabinets. At the scene, police found evidence of a lab used to manufacture butane honey oil, a marijuana byproduct.

To prevent future tragedies, police urge the public to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 if they know of any clandestine drug lab.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.


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