Two men to face charges after hash oil explosion at Beaverton apartment

Chandler (left), Gibbons (right) -- (prior mugshots from MCSO, WCSO).jpg

A hash oil operation at a Beaverton apartment blew up late Wednesday night with several people, including two children, inside.

The explosion hospitalized 43-year-old Christopher Gibbons and landed Troix Chandler, 30, in Washington County Jail. Both will likely face charges, per Beaverton police.

The call came in around 11 p.m. reporting an explosion inside an apartment at 6320 SW Lombard.

Investigators believe the explosion came from the kitchen, where they found evidence of honey butane (hash) oil manufacturing.

In addition to the two suspects, there were also two children and a woman in the apartment at the time of the incident. There were no reports of injuries to the other people in the apartment.

Possible charges for Gibbons include arson, manufacturing a controlled substance and reckless endangering.

Chandler has been booked into prison and is facing arson, manufacturing a controlled substance and reckless endangerment charges. He has recent convictions for robbery, identity theft, heroin possession, felon with a weapon, theft and assault dating between 2010 and 2015. Gibbons' criminal history includes possession of a controlled substance in 1994, then meth possession and felon with a weapon convictions in 2007.

Neighbor Justin Ross said he heard commotion around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday before the explosion.

“I heard somebody say something about, ‘Why would you light a cigarette while we were mixing?’ And I was like, 'What the heck does that mean?'" Ross recalled. “Everybody is asleep... there wouldn’t have been no warning if it would’ve been bigger.... It wasn’t horribly loud. It was like somebody dropped something heavy in a metal garbage can. And then all the windows kind of rattled.”

He said he saw one of the men outside the apartment before first responders arrived.

"I came outside to find Chris complaining of not being able to see, not being able to feel his hands, wanting an ambulance... he thought his hands were missing," Ross said. “He put my life and everybody else’s life in danger. He could have exploded the whole building. I mean, there are two kids that live in the same apartment. If they are willing to put everybody else’s life in danger for their own ends. I mean, just to make a few dollars to get a little high, it’s inexcusable.”

In late April, another Beaverton homeowner blew up his own garage with a hash oil explosion, police say. Read more on that case here.

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