ORINDA -- Police said they found at least two pounds of pot and more than 20 marijuana plants at an Orinda home Sunday while investigating an incident in which a man was badly burned while working with an unknown chemical.
Police and firefighters were called at 1:36 p.m. to 12 Orchard Road for a report that a 25-year-old man who lived there had been burned with some type of chemical, Sgt. Howard Shiells said.
A preliminary investigation revealed the man was using a substance believed to be paint thinner in an outdoor shed, lit a cigarette and an explosion took place.
While at the property, police said they found what appeared to be an illegal marijuana grow operation in the shed.
"The chemicals had to do with the manufacturing of marijuana and I can only speculate it was for sale," Sgt. Neil Rafanan said.
The man sustained severe burns to his hands, upper torso and his legs and was transported to a John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Rafanan said.
He remained hospitalized Monday, Rafanan said.
The explosion remained under investigation and no arrest had been made in connection to the grow, but charges against the man were pending, he said.
Anyone with information about the incident can call police at 925-254-6820.
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