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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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December 20, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Mount Baker Highway likely to be closed all weekend

A Mount Baker Highway closure is likely to continue into the weekend because heavy snow has snapped more than 100 trees onto the roadway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The road is closed east of Maple Falls, about 10 miles west of the Mount Baker Ski Area, which is also closed. Crews tried…

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December 19, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Fallen trees close highways near Mount Baker and Hood Canal

Highways in the Mount Baker area and near Hood Canal have been closed after heavy snow caused scores of trees to fall across the roadway in the past 24 hours. The Washington State Department of Transportation has closed the Mount Baker Highway (state Route 542) east of Maple Falls until at least Friday, excluding everyone except emergency personnel…

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October 16, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Snow forecast closes road near Mount Baker

The Associated Press The forecast of snow at Mount Baker prompted the state Transportation Department to close the road to Artist Point on Tuesday for the season. It has been cleared only 84 days since snow plows opened access on July 24 to the last three miles of Highway 542 past the Mount Baker Ski Resort. Artist Point…

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June 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Body recovered after man died on Mount Baker

The Associated Press BELLINGHAM — The body of a Seattle doctor who died skiing on Mount Baker has been recovered by a search and rescue team. Keith Hardy, 34, was killed last week just after reaching the summit with a friend. He was skiing down the mountain near the Coleman Glacier, near the 8,200-foot level, when he…

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June 18, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Morning Memo/Monday: Outdoors deaths … Trapped under dresser … Tsunami debris

Weather: Wet today and tomorrow, but 71 degrees and some clearing possible on Wednesday. And then clear, sunny and 75 on Thursday. Gotta love that part. Sunday wasn’t too bad, now was it? Muggy though.  The National Weather Service forecast. Traffic: Slippery, and there were a few blocking accidents out there…

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June 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Seattle man killed skiing on Mount Baker

A 34-year-old Seattle man was killed in a skiing accident high on Mount Baker Friday, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.  The man, identified as Keith Hardy, was skiing  near the Coleman head wall, an area of steep, rocky terrain at about the 9,000-foot level. He reportedly went over a cliff. A helicopter from Naval Air…

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March 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

WWU creates new avalanche danger map

Backcountry skiers and snowboarders have a new tool to explore regional daily avalanche danger levels. A web-based map, created by students and faculty at Western Washington University, takes the regional avalanche forecasts issued by the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center and displays the same information spatially. This allows backcountry travelers to zoom into specific regions…

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February 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Pilot rescued after crash on Mount Baker

A 28-year-old pilot is resting at home in Bellingham after crashing a small plane on Mount Baker. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office says it received reports Saturday night of both a snowmobile accident and a plane crash at an area known as Schreibers Meadow. When search-and-rescue personnel arrived, they learned that the injured snowmobilers had been…

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