Suspected hash-oil explosion in Manitou Springs apartment leads to 2 arrests

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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — Police said they suspect hash oil manufacturing is the cause of an early morning explosion at an apartment complex in Manitou Springs Friday.

According to Colorado Springs’ Gazette, the explosion, which occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Friday at 337 Pilot Knob Ave. in Maritou Springs, resulted in two arrests.

Manitou Springs police said they arrested Audrey Horowitz, 23, and Michael Austin, 18, on suspicion of first-degree arson, reckless endangerment and child abuse in connection to the incident — according to police, Horowitz’s 3-year-old daughter was in the apartment at the time of the explosion.

All three escaped the apartment unharmed, said police.

Officer said the windows of the apartment were blown out and they discovered evidence of hash oil manufacturing inside the residence.

Horowitz and Austin are being held at the El Paso County jail.


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