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Marijuana oil explosion damages Seattle building

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:45 a.m. HST, Jan 08, 2014

SEATTLE >> The Seattle Fire Department says an explosion linked to the production of marijuana extracts blew a one-story building off its foundation, but didn't cause any injuries.

The blast Tuesday afternoon occurred after canisters of butane that had been stored in the freezer of a vacant apartment unit leaked into the refrigerator's electrical components. Spokesman Kyle Moore says the butane was for use as a solvent in making hash oil.

The explosion blew off the kitchen cabinets, blasted a hole in the ceiling and knocked a wall of the building 6 inches off its foundation.

The building has a flower shop and three vacant apartments. The flower shop owner was inside.

Police responded and found what spokeswoman Renee Witt described as a "sizeable" marijuana growing operation.

On Jan. 1 an explosion linked to hash oil production damaged two Kirkland apartments, and similar explosions injured people in Spokane and Mount Vernon last summer.

Butane is extremely flammable. In gas form it can accumulate in poorly ventilated areas, where even a spark can cause it to explode.

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lokela wrote:
Life lessons for idiots.
on January 8,2014 | 05:43AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
The more stuff like this happens I am becoming more and more supportive of the legalization of pot. This is just a replay of the Prohibition. When was the last time you heard of people dying from "bathtub gin", the FBI having to raid a speakeasy, mafia hits on liquor shipments, and gang warfare over whiskey? I'm tired of this. Just legalize it, tax it, and use the money for better education and social programs so we have less people wanting to drug out.
on January 8,2014 | 07:37AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Misleading headline, it wasn't the "oil" that blew up, but butane that was ignited due to a pilot flame or electrical spark. Someone didn't close the valve tight on one of those tanks when they put it in the freezer. Whoops! Be careful, folks, there are much less risky ways to make that stuff. Don't become a Darwin Award winner.
on January 8,2014 | 07:52AM
cojef wrote:
Could be "Bachi" a favorite of one of the regular commenter would say.
on January 8,2014 | 11:22AM
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