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Trending: Home Explodes During THC Extraction From Marijuana to Make 'Honey Oil'

Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan said two additional suspects have been identified and police are attempting to locate them.

Three victims were transported and may face charges. (Matt Schooley Photo)
Three victims were transported and may face charges. (Matt Schooley Photo)
By Matt Schooley

Tewskbury, Mass. – A marijuana THC extraction process taking place inside a home was the cause of an explosion that injured three people and destroyed the house, fire officials said.

Fire Chief Michael Hazel said in a statement that the extraction process used butane gas, which led to a dangerous combination inside the home.

“The buildup of butane vapors within the apartment came in contact with an ignition source and an explosion ensued," Hazel said. "The process was being performed on and around an electric stove within the apartment."

Police and the Middlesex District Attorney's Office are determining whether to bring criminal charges related to the incident.

The process of extracting THC from marijuana is done to create a substance known as honey oil. Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan said that it takes a large amount of marijuana to make a small amount of honey oil, a substance that is potent in low dosages.

“The volatility of the solvents used to extract the THC are subject to explosion at any point in the production methods,” said Sheehan. “We don’t want anyone out there replicating this process because of the life safety issues it creates.”

Hazel said the incident remains under investigation, but added there were a number of full and empty butane cylinders found at the scene of the explosion.

The house exploded at about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night, blowing out the windows, causing fire to spread to the attic, and requiring three Tewksbury residents who did not live at the home to be transported by helicopter to Boston hospitals.

"This was a very dangerous situation for the residents and the firefighters," said Hazel.

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John March 28, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Old Pizza if you know how to read, the article says the butane caused the explosion not the pot. It is because of people like you there are so many problems
Pound Pets March 28, 2014 at 09:54 AM
What a bunch of simpletons..lol They should legalize every drug there is. There would be a lot more money coming in from taxes on it. And the losers that have no clue what they are doing, can OD. Lower the population a tad.... lol
Kim Connair March 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Well about pot and alcohol pot don't kill you. On the other hand alcohol does and it's legal what a crock of crap if you ask me. Now please tell me how do you think alcohol came about? That's right by Bootlegging no diffrant then people messing around with pot. I would rather people smoke pot rather then drink if they feel the need to do so, at least you don't kill people out on our road's just saying.
Josh Olkdaddyfresh March 28, 2014 at 11:21 AM
this is why you legalize so products can be under strict code and made in labs so things like this don't ever happen
Phill Ip March 28, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Hey I hope it was worth it ! lol Phil http://www.Motorclubamericausa.com

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