MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Two Grand Junction men were arrested on drug-related charges after a hash oil system exploded in the basement of an Orchard Mesa home, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said Kevin Muisenga, 27, and Justin Mulloy, 31 were arrested after the explosion in the 200 block of 28 ½ Road, on New Year's Eve.
Authorities said emergency crews were called to the house around 3:30 p.m. Saturday on reports of smoke coming from the house.
According to reports, Mulloy told law enforcement he and Muisenga were making marijuana concentrate, also known as hash oil, in the basement.
That's when he said “something went wrong”, and there was an explosion, according to officials.
Deputies said Muisenga told authorities the hash oil extraction was complete, and they were disassembling the system when he heard the gas release. He tried to run out of the basement, but there was a large explosion before he could get out.
He was hospitalized for treatment.
Investigators said they found several pounds of marijuana concentrate, more than 100 marijuana plants, 50 plus pounds of dried marijuana, and a gallon-sized plastic bag, containing dried mushrooms inside the residence.
Mulloy was arrested and charged with unlicensed manufacture of marijuana concentrate, arson, and reckless endangerment.
Muisenga was arrested and charged with unlicensed manufacturing of marijuana concentrate, possession with intent to distribute marijuana (more than 50 pounds and more than 25 pounds concentrate), arson, reckless endangerment and a various other drug charges.
Mulloy and Muisenga are being held at the Mesa County jail.