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March 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Lake City explosion, fire blamed on hash oil

A refrigerator explosion and fire at a Lake City house last night is one of several recent explosions or fires suspected to be caused by the manufacture of a marijuana-based product.

Seattle police and firefighters responded to a report of an explosion around 9:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Northeast 135th Street. The 37-year-old resident told investigators that his refrigerator had exploded, which broke four windows and moved the back wall of the house three inches.

The man told officers he had been extracting THC from marijuana, according to police.

A similar blast in January in the Mount Baker neighborhood knocked a building six inches off its foundation and was possibly due to the manufacture of hash oil.

The most popular way of making hash oil — a high-potency extract of marijuana —  involves the use of flammable solvents, particularly butane, which can be purchased in hardware stores.

In the Mount Baker blast, a substance believed to be butane was being stored in containers in a freezer in the building. The butane apparently leaked from the freezer into the refrigerator below and into the appliance’s electrical system. When the refrigerator kicked on, an explosion occurred, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

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