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Two badly burned, reported pipe bomb turns out to be THC extraction device

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
Published On: Jul 24 2013 03:45:07 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2013 07:21:58 PM CDT

Two people were sent to the hospital with severe burns. Police were told the injuries came from an explosion but pipe bombs were not found at the scene. Joe Dominguez reports.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A man and woman were badly burned in Colorado Springs Wednesday. Exactly how they were hurt is unclear.

Police tell KRDO NewsChannel 13 they received a report of a fight in the 100 block of Mount View Lane.

When officers arrived, they found a woman with burns on her legs. While officers were talking with the woman, a call for help came from a nearby hotel where a man was suffering from severe burns on his body.

Police now believe the pair were together Wednesday morning near Monument Creek off Mount View Lane.

Both victims were taken to hospitals in Denver for treatment.

During their investigation, officers found what they originally thought was a pipe bomb.

The bomb squad closed Mount View and determined the device was not a pipe bomb. Instead, police say the device, made of PVC pipe, was being used to extract THC from marijuana. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in the drug.

"Apparently these are used by filtering a chemical substance through the marijuana," said Sgt. Darrin Abbink, with the Colorado Springs Police Department. "We're not sure if one of these devices may have been involved in the initial injuries."

The discovery of a similar device in a storage shed in the 1400 block of Sandlewood Drive prompted a bomb scare in the neighborhood near Fountain and Murray earlier in the day.

There is no indication that the two incidents are linked.

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