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2 face arson charges in Austin apartment blast

Published On: Apr 02 2013 09:01:18 AM CDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

Two people who suffered burns in an apparent drug-related explosion that tore apart a Central Texas apartment have been charged with arson.
    
Officials at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on Tuesday did not immediately update the conditions of 26-year-old Ryan J. Connell and 25-year-old Nicole M. Mann. Both have been hospitalized since last Wednesday's blast in Austin that heavily damaged a second-floor apartment.
    
Austin police have it appears the man and woman were "cooking" marijuana to extract psychoactive ingredients.
    
Connell and Mann face bond of $20,000 each when they are discharged from the hospital. No information was immediately available on attorneys for the pair.
    
Conviction carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.