Equipment used at a home marijuana-growing operation in North Hollywood probably caused an explosion Sunday night that injured three people and displaced at least four others, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said.
The explosion, centered in the garage, rocked the single-story Valley Glen home in the 12700 block of West Archwood Street around 9:30 p.m., officials said. The blast tore the roof off the garage and scattered debris across the neighborhood.
Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said at least seven homes were damaged, and residents of 13 homes were asked to temporarily evacuate.
“The bulk of damage was in the garage area, though the entire home was rendered untenable,” Humphrey said, adding that the city is prohibiting anyone from entering the property.
The blast probably caused a natural gas leak, which firefighters shut off after smelling it, officials said.
The type of equipment that caused the incident is unclear but may have been fertilizer, chemical stimulants or cleaning products, Humphrey said. He said it has not been confirmed if the operation was legal.
The Los Angeles Police Department declined to answer questions about the incident, saying the investigation was ongoing.
Seven people were in the home at the time of the blast. A 59-year-old man was hospitalized with burn injuries. A 46-year-old man was also taken to a hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. A third man suffered minor injuries but declined to be taken to a hospital, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Margaret Stewart said.
A 65-year-old woman and three children who were in the home were not injured.