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Deputies search for Pasco man who blew up home cooking drugs

PORT RICHEY — Pasco County authorities are looking for a man who they say blew up his house earlier this month in what they are calling the first explosion in the county caused by cooking butane hash oil.

Butane hash oil is made by dissolving in butane the chemical from marijuana or hash that results in a high, then evaporating the butane.

After the explosion, the homeowner, Steven Brown, 24, ran out of the house at 6210 Westport Drive in Port Richey and grabbed his drugs, deputies said, but left behind a baby and two caged dogs. The 1-year-old baby was uninjured, deputies said, but the dogs died.

The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office filed arrest warrants on Sept. 9, but deputies have been unable to locate Brown. The same day the warrants were issued, Brown escaped a traffic stop while driving a four-door white 2016 Kia Optima EX with Florida tag GXSY18.

Brown faces charges of possession of a place for purposes of manufacturing a controlled substance, first-degree arson, possessing a firearm as a felon, possession of cocaine, possession of suboxone, possession of oxycodone, tampering with physical evidence, manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Deputies warned that Brown could be armed and dangerous, and asked anyone with information about him to call 911.