June 2, 2020
Criminal probe launched into L.A. building explosion
LOS ANGELES - A criminal investigation is underway into an explosion in downtown Los Angeles Saturday that injured 12 firefighters and left several buildings damaged, several law enforcement sources told The Los Angeles Times, and officials are looking at whether oils stored there might have sparked the blast.

The Los Angeles Police Department along with local fire investigators and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working together on the probe.

An initial investigation of the scene identified the business where a fire broke out as Smoke Tokes, a warehouse distributor with supplies for butane hash oil. The law enforcement sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly, stressed that the probe is in its early stages and that itís unclear if there was any criminal conduct.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The owners of Smoke Tokes could not be reached by the Times for comment.
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