AUSTIN (KXAN) - Firefighters and authorities are investigating a South Austin explosion at an apartment complex that left two people hospitalized with second-degree burns.
Authorities said the residents in the apartment were cooking marijuana to capture the THC vapors. Inside the unit, police found marijuana, a large amount of cash, and a propane tank.
Austin-Travis County EMS officials said a man and woman were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with second-degree burns to 20 percent of their upper body.
The two were then transported by STAR Flight to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The hospital has one of the region's specialized burn centers.
The explosion occurred at The Waters at Bluff Springs apartments at 7707 South Interstate 35.
Residents like Matthew Johnson, who has lived at the complex for six months, were in shock after learning that a drug operation was going on right next door.
"Waking up to this was like wow this really does go on," said Johnson. "It looks like a bomb went off in that place honestly."
The City of Austin Code Compliance Department was also out on the scene to assess the damage done to the building.
"With that explosion it caused the walls of this particular unit to bow out now we have a structural integrity problem," said Ron Potts, a code compliance division manager.
There was no fire, though the explosion caused $75,000 in structural damage to the apartment building.
Crews evacuated one building after the explosion, and at least two apartment units from that building won't be able to return home until the structural damage is fixed.
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