AUSTIN (KXAN) - A 25-year-old Austin woman is charged with arson in the explosion last week at an apartment complex that sent her and another person to the hospital.
In an arrest warrant affidavit released Monday, police say Nicole M. Mann was attempting to capture THC vapors from marijuana with flames from liquid butane when an explosion occurred, The force of the blast blew walls from the building's foundation and sent debris flying through windows.
Mann and Ryan J. Connell, who live in the until at The Waters at Bluff Springs apartments at 7707 South Interstate 35, both suffered severe burns and broken bones, the affidavit said. They were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge, and later transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, which specializes in the treatment of burns. Both are in stable condition at BAMC.
"The offense occurred when Nicole M. Mann recklessly caused an explosion while manufacturing a controlled substance which damaged a habitation and caused bodily injury to a person," the affidavit said.
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.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.