Drug Lab Suspected in Livermore Explosion

By The Associated Press
|  Monday, May 23, 2011  |  Updated 6:06 AM PDT
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Drug Lab Suspected in Livermore Explosion

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Authorities are blaming illegal drug activity for an explosion at a Livermore apartment that left three
 people in critical condition.

Livermore police Lt. Mike Peretti says 35-year-old Paul Lom of San Jose and 22-year-old Lexie Miriyah Huston were found outside the apartment following the blast around 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Huston's boyfriend, 21-year-old Evan Aviles, was inside the unit.

The three were airlifted to burn centers at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and the University of California, Davis Medical Center.

Peretti said the exact cause of the blast remains under investigation, but illegal drug activity appears to have been a significant contributing factor.

He did not specify what drug investigators believe was involved, but said the home was not being used as a methamphetamine lab.

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