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Man charged in Spokane Valley hash oil explosion

A man has been charged for allegedly manufacturing hash oil and causing an explosion in a mobile home park in Spokane Valley. Police arrested Jesse Wenzel, 34, on Friday and charged him with manufacturing a controlled substance and reckless burning. A trailer Wenzel lived in, located in the mobile home park at 17500 East Sprague Ave. exploded the evening of Nov. 19. According to court documents, Wenzel attempted to transfer propane from a large container into a smaller one. Investigators believe he spilled propane in the process, and the gas likely ignited when the trailer’s electric heater kicked on. Police found THC residue and manufacturing equipment inside the trailer. Several residents of the trailer park also confirmed they had bought hash oil from Wenzel or knew that he had previously manufactured it. Wenzel has previously pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance, according to newspaper records. He remains in the Spokane County Jail.
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