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April 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM

1 injured in blast at Aurora Avenue North motel

A man was critically injured this morning when a natural-gas explosion destroyed a room at a motel on Aurora Avenue North, according to the Seattle Fire Department. Police and fire personnel responded to the Klose-In Motel at 9309 Aurora Ave. N., after the explosion just before 11:30 a.m., said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. The victim,…

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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…

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February 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Two teenage boys in serious condition after explosion in North Seattle home

UPDATE:  Police say one of the boys was working on a school science project involving model rocketry. The boy’s father, who was in the house at the time, told authorities that the boys “were apparently trying to start a fire in the fireplace and may have used some of the rocket fuel they had mixed up as…

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January 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Woman burned in explosion at Cle Elum home

The Associated Press CLE ELUM, Kittitas County — Fire officials in Cle Elum say an explosion destroyed a home in that central Cascade foothills community, burning a woman who lived there. KOMO-TV reports that officials say it appears a propane tank exploded Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters pulled the woman out of the rubble. She was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle…

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January 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

ATF waits to interview man hurt by weekend blast

The Associated Press SPOKANE — Federal investigators on Monday were waiting to talk with a man who blew off his hand with a powerful firework while driving in Spokane over the weekend, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said. The agency has declined to release the man’s name. Agents were waiting…

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January 26, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Sunday Memo: Seahawks on their way … Man’s hand blown off … Macklemore and the Grammys

Seahawks sendoff: Fans say goodbye to the Hawks this morning team buses pass by on the way to the airport for the flight to the Super Bowl. Fans were invited to line the 1.1-mile route on South 188th Street starting at 46th Avenue South toward 28th Avenue South in the city of SeaTac as…

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January 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Powerful Mount Baker explosion blamed on hash oil

A blast damaged an entrance and knocked a building off its foundation  in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle on Tuesday. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

A blast damaged an entrance and knocked a building off its foundation in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle on Tuesday. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

The blast that knocked a building six inches off its foundation today in the Mount Baker neighborhood is one of several recent explosions or fires suspected to be caused by the manufacture of a marijuana-based product.

Seattle police and firefighters are on scene of the blast, which occurred inside a vacant apartment at 2802 S. McClellan St. No one was hurt and the building has been evacuated.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore blamed the blast on the process used to create hash oil.

Police tape surrounds a building that was damaged in a blast this afternoon. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

Police tape surrounds a building that was damaged in a blast this afternoon. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

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

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 today an explosion occurred, Moore said.

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November 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Blast damages prosecutor’s office in Medford, Ore.

The Associated Press MEDFORD, Ore. — An explosive device that went off before dawn Wednesday and damaged the Jackson County prosecutor’s office in Medford, Ore., appeared to be a failed attempt to level the building, a police spokesman said. The device shattered windows and damaged mainly the exterior of the building, said Lt. Mike Budreau of the…

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October 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Van that exploded in Yelm had modified fuel system

The Associated Press YELM — The van that exploded Tuesday in Yelm was modified with a homemade system designed to improve gas mileage. A 55-gallon drum in the vehicle blew up, critically injuring a man and a woman who were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with burns. Sgt. Ray Brady told KIRO the couple were…

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