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Man dies from butane honey oil explosion injuries


The man who died from injuries sustained last week in a butane honey oil lab explosion has been identified as 30-year-old Rasi Summers of Keaʻau.

Summers was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m. Thursday (January 2) at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu.

The December 28 blast on 17th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision also knocked out windows, melted plumbing fixtures and blew the doors off cabinets. At the scene, police found evidence of a lab used to manufacture butane honey oil, a marijuana byproduct.

To prevent future tragedies, police urge the public to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 if they know of any clandestine drug lab.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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