Police suspect 2nd case of hash oil blast; one man injured

No arrests have been made as the Grand Junction Police Department continues its investigation into the second suspected hash oil explosion this month.

Officers were dispatched to a residence about 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 1700 block of Roubideau Street after a person reportedly found a PVC pipe burning in a neighbor’s backyard and extinguished the blaze, the Police Department said.

After no one answered the residence’s door, the neighbor called authorities.

Emergency personnel found no one home but found evidence of a marijuana butane explosion inside the residence that damaged the walls. They also found smoke and a small fire, police said.

Investigators later found a male who lives at the home at St. Mary’s Hospital, where he reportedly had been taken by family members.

The man is suspected of creating the explosion but he had not been arrested as of Thursday, the Police Department said.

His name and age were not released.

No one else was injured in the explosion.

The Police Department said it appeared the residence had been divided into two apartments. The suspect and another person were inside their side where the explosion occurred and a third person was inside the adjoining apartment.

An investigation is ongoing.

Another hash oil explosion happened March 9 at Monument Inn, 1600 North Ave.

Hash oil is made by using butane to extract THC, the chemical that creates the high, from marijuana to produce THC concentrate, the Police Department said at the time of the March 9 incident.

Flammable materials are used in the process, creating a high risk of explosion.


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