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Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Monday January 28th, 2019 :: 01:44 p.m. PST


Explosion at Quartz Mine Property - One Hospitalized and Marijuana Seized

(Mountain Ranch, CA) On 1-26-19 at approx. 0805 hours CCSO Dispatch received multiple reports of an explosion in the area of the 6000 block of Quartz Mine Road in Mountain Ranch. Upon arrival to the area Deputies were directed to a property by neighbors who heard the loud noise and people yelling. An outbuilding was found to have been demolished from an explosion. While Deputies were conducting their investigation and attempting to locate subjects on the property, Mark Twain Medical Center reported that a 41 year old female had arrived at the hospital emergency room with burns. A CCSO Explosive Ordinance Device Team (aka Bomb Team) Deputy along with members of the Marijuana Enforcement Team responded to this incident. Evidence of mixed light and indoor marijuana cultivation were discovered on this property. An investigation is ongoing in regards to the marijuana. 1000 marijuana plants and 136 pounds of processed marijuana were seized.
From statements obtained, Deputies determined that the explosion appears to have been caused by a propane stove being left on overnight in the outbuilding. When the female entered the outbuilding and attempted to turn the stove off, the explosion occurred causing injury to the female who was later transported out of county to a trauma center. Her condition status is unknown. This is an ongoing investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Jeff Tuttle Dr
San Andreas, CA 95249

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-754-6500

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