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Explosion at Commercial Street apartments caused by hash oil manufacture, police say

Tigard man hospitalized with burns; no other injuries reported.


A man trying to manufacture hash oil in his apartment in the 9300 block of Southwest Commercial Street caused an explosion that blew out a window at the complex on Saturday, Tigard police said.

Police said they received a report of an explosion at the Park Glen Apartments, 9305 S.W. Commercial St., just before 6 p.m. Saturday. When officers responded, they reported being met at the door of the second-floor unit by a tenant with burns on his body, face and neck.

The man was transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Police said their investigation revealed that the man, whose name has not been released, was attempting to create hash oil — a type of marijuana or hashish extract created using flammable materials — when the explosion occurred.

No other injuries were reported. As of Monday, no arrests had been made in connection with the incident. However, police said, the investigation is ongoing.