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July 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Feds charge seven people in connection with hash-oil explosions

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, right, explains the dangers of hash oil processing during a press conference announcing charges against seven people.  (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, right, explains the dangers of hash oil processing during a press conference announcing charges against seven people.
(Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Federal and state authorities have filed criminal charges against seven people in connection with a series of suspected hash-oil explosions and fires, including one that killed a former Bellevue mayor last year. 

Crime reporterJennifer Sullivan has details on today’s charges.

Under the state system, only licensed pot processors can make hash oil for sale. Amateur chemists often try at home, but without proper lab equipment, the process can be quite dangerous. Here is a bit of background on the problem.

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