A man has been arrested on drug charges in Santa Barbara County after an explosion involving chemicals used for a suspected drug lab. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 6500 block of Camino Venturoso in Goleta at about three this morning by reports of a suspicious person in a vehicle. When they arrived they discovered a pickup truck had been damaged by an explosion.

A man working on a car is recovering after receiving multiple burns in a fire Thursday night.

The mechanic was at Mastercraft Motors Autobody Shop in Santa Barbara.

Crisis counselors spent the day at a Ventura County high school after one student died, and a second was injured in an explosion while they were experimenting with a rocket motor.

Bernard Moon died at a hospital few hours after the Monday night accident on a Thousand Oaks elementary school campus. The 18 year old Thousand Oaks High School student and a 17 year old friend were trying to use the rocket motor to power a skateboard when there was an explosion. The younger student escaped with minor injuries.

Ventura County prosecutors say two companies, and four individuals are the focus of a new indictment stemming from a 2014 toxic chemical explosion, and fire at a wastewater disposal facility outside of Santa Paula.

The indictment names the Santa Clara Waste Water Company, Green Compass Environmental Solutions, as well as four others. The Grand Jury indictment includes more than a half dozen charges ranging from handling hazardous waste causing unreasonable risk to submission of false statements. The indictment process by passes a preliminary hearing, and sets the stage for a trial.