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Pot mishap blamed for Yucaipa motel explosion

An explosion and fire at a motel in Yucaipa left more than a dozen residents displaced on Thursday.

February 25, 2011 12:25:31 AM PST
An explosion and fire at a motel in Yucaipa left more than a dozen residents displaced on Thursday.

Witnesses said two men ran from a motel room on the 12100 block of 14th Street immediately after the explosion, ripping off their shirts as if they had been burned, and drove off.

Officials initially thought a meth lab exploded, but now they say someone was trying to extract THC from marijuana plants, which is a highly volatile process.

Authorities said one suspect was taken to a hospital for burn injuries. The other is still on the run.