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County coroner identifies victim from nitrous explosion

June 19, 2012, 3:05 p.m.

A bumper sticker on the door of the small building where last Wednesday's explosion took place read "NOSWerks." Roberto Lasarte, 31, who died in the blast, was the registered owner of NOSWerks' website. (Credit: José Martinez/OnCentral)


The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner has released the name of the man who died in last Wedneday's explosion behind a meat market at the corner of Adams Boulevard and Grand Avenue.

Roberto Lasarte, 31, was killed in the blast, which was caused by a cylinder of nitrous oxide. The official cause of death was "multiple traumatic injuries," according to Ed Winter, the coroner's assistant chief of investigations.

It has been ruled an accident.

The explosion happened in a small building tucked behind Bembis Meat Market. On the door of the small, unmarked building was a bumper sticker that read "NOSWerks," the Twitter account for which indicates it sold nitrous oxide.

NOSWerk's website is barebones, but records indicate that it is registered to Lasarte (although it lists him as "Robert Lasarte").

Authorities have not released updates regarding the three others injured in the blast.

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