Posted 31 October 2010 - 08:47 AM
Story Published: Oct 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM PDT
Comments (14)COOS BAY, Ore. - A small spark from a freezer ignited butane gas that had built up inside a home as a result of someone extracting THC from marijuana Monday afternoon.
The explosion blew the door off the fridge and through a wall in the home, investigators said.
No one was injured, but the potential for severe injury existed had anyone been in the kitchen at the time, investigators said.
The explosion happened around 1 p.m. on Monday in the 63000 block of Jerome Road in Coos Bay, Ore.
Investigator determined one of the four people living at the home had been extracting THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, with a method that used butane gas.
Sheriff's deputies and the fire marshal said gas had built up in the home. When the freezer portion of the rerigerator/freezer turned on, a small spark ignited the accumulated butane gas.
The explosion did not cause a fire, but the door of the fridge blew off and went through a wall.
One person was home at the time of the explosion taking a nap on a couch. Investigators said that may have saved her life. Anyone standing in the main kitchen/living room area in the residence could have been severely injured, they said.
The investigation regarding the marijuana found at the residence as to whether any of the individuals living at the home were medical marijuana card holders is still ongoing and the case will be referred to the Coos County DA's Office for review
Posted 31 October 2010 - 08:50 AM
Posted 31 October 2010 - 09:02 AM
enclosed space .. check
spark .. check
Folks please be careful. Sounds like someone took a break and figured it was safe to leave the open butane in a closed freezer.
Posted 31 October 2010 - 09:16 AM
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