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Koreatown Woken Up By Drug Lab Explosion

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Residents in Koreatown got a rude awakening this morning after a drug lab explosion rocked the packed neighborhood.

Shortly before 9 a.m., Wednesday morning, firefighters responded to explosion from an apartment on the 300 block of Ardmore Avenue that blew out windows in the unit. Nobody was injured, but authorities evacuated the surrounding buildings. One woman has been taken into custody, according to ABC 7, and the narcotics unit is on the scene now, investigating what police say was a "narcotics operation mishap." Residents have since been allowed back into their homes.

One neighbor said he wasn't surprised, telling NBC 4 that it always smelled like marijuana whenever he walked by.

In April, a fire broke out after a hash oil lab exploded in Los Feliz. The production of hash involves highly flammable solvents and can sometimes lead to such explosions.