Update on the Puna Drug Lab Explosion

The 28-year-old Puna woman who was arrested in connection with a drug-related explosion has been released from police custody. Savannah Maloof of Keaʻau was released at noon on Tuesday (December 31) pending further investigation of possible drug charges.

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Keaʻau man injured in the butane honey oil lab explosion remains at Straub Medical Center on Oahu in critical condition with second-degree burns.

The blast 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.

Butane honey oil. (Wikipedia Photo)

Butane honey oil. (Wikipedia Photo)

Area I Vice Lieutenant Mark Farias said butane honey oil labs are becoming more prevalent on Hawaiʻi Island, as they are across the country.

“If you know about any butane honey oil labs on our island, we urge you to notify police immediately,” Farias said. “These labs are extremely volatile and can have tragic consequences for knowing participants as well as innocent victims.”

Anyone with information about any butane honey oil lab is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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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