LIVERMORE (CBS 5 / AP) — An apartment explosion that left two people in critical condition on Saturday night was connected to illegal drug activity, but evidence suggests the burned unit was not a methamphetamine lab, a police lieutenant said Monday.

Livermore residents Evan Aviles, 21, and his girlfriend Lexie Huston, 22, and their friend Paul Lom, 34, of San Jose, were still in critical condition Monday, Livermore police Lt. Mike Peretti said.

They were taken to hospitals in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Sacramento with severe burns after an apartment at 3624 Silver Oaks Way burst into flames around 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Peretti said.

He said illegal drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment and was likely a factor in the fire, but the apartment wasn’t a meth lab.

“There is no evidence to suggest that,” he said.

Neighbors in the area have returned to their homes after an evacuation on Saturday, Peretti said. The explosion did not affect the air quality or any surrounding structures.

Livermore resident Mike Anderson, 25, lives a block away from the explosion site on Silver Oaks Way.

He said he was on his way home when the explosion happened, but that neighbors in the area told him it was loud and made their walls shake.

Moments after the explosion was contained, Anderson was just outside the area, observing.

“You could smell chemicals and by-products of the smoke,” he said.

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Comments (6)
  1. jim says:

    Not sure what kinda of drug other than a meth lab operation would cause an explosion.

  2. AJV says:

    these kids are now into some kind of scented Bath crystals? why is the human race so bent on destroying God’s greatest gift to you; your brain? come on Parents do your FN jobs!!! stay focused and raise them right!!!!

  3. Joe Schmo says:

    I know exactly what they were doing. One of the process in making Hashish requires butane and condensing it in a tube, which in turn what most people dont understand is that there making a giant pipe bomb stuffed with marijuana and butane. Dont do this unless you are a trained in making medical marijuana extracts. Somebody probably lit up a joint while they were doing this process…….not to to smart. Maybe they shouldnt be smoking marijuana to begin with!!!

  4. Errl says:

    BHO baby. 1st rule: DO IT OUTSIDE. This is just Darwinism at it’s best.

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