Photos: Motel blaze joins our list of top six recent hash-oil explosions

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Big photos and more below.
Update: Last week, we highlighted five recent explosions, allegedly caused by people whose attempts to make butane hash oil went up in smoke; see our previous coverage below.

Apparently, two people at a Grand Junction motel didn't heed our warnings, because their hash-oil-making efforts ended in flames, burns and a new entry on our list. Below, see photos and details about this explosion and five others, plus information about why the process is so dangerous.

Number 6:

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This image and others pertaining to the Grand Junction explosion come courtesy of KREX-TV.
March 9, 2014

On Sunday night, according to the Grand Junction Police Department, emergency personnel rushed to the Monument Inn, a motel on the town's main drag of North Avenue, on a report of an explosion.

There, they found a small fire that needed extinguishing, plus two people injured badly enough to require hospitalization. One of the pair appeared to have burns on his body.

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The presence of marijuana in the room quickly led investigators to the conclusion that the explosion had been caused by hash-oil making gone awry.

Here's the department's primer on hash oil and the inherent dangers of manufacturing it.

Marijuana butane hash oil is created by using butane to extract THC from marijuana to produce THC concentrate. THC is the chemical that creates the high for the user. Because of the flammable materials used there is a high risk of an explosion, especially when there's an ignition source nearby. Lit cigarettes, static electricity, and even light switches are a few examples of potential ignition sources, but there are a variety of others. We are aware from news reports of similar explosions happening recently in several cities across the country, including incidents on the Front Range of Colorado.
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At this point, it'd be tough not to be aware of hash-oil explosions.

In the meantime, the GJPD is investigating the Monument Inn as possible arson, with other charges possible.

Continue for more about six recent hash-oil explosions, and why the process is so dangerous, including more photos.


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Brian Blosser
Brian Blosser

Making it! Butane and smokin does NOT mix! Idiots

Richard Scott Taylor
Richard Scott Taylor

Please stop giving them things like this to report about. Stop being dumb and thinking the rules don't apply to you, that you can blast just this one run inside, and it won't matter. Or that sparking a cig or doing a dab somewhere explosive gasses were released is fine. It's a heavy gas that pools up.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do!


Excellent work, Pot Punks, you'll have BHO and concentrates recriminalized in no time!

Jeh Cranfill
Jeh Cranfill

They keep happening because some aren't educated on how to do it safely. Some of those millions in taxes on recreational sales could be used to provide this kind of education. How about it Hick?

Lyn Wheaton
Lyn Wheaton

Where is Walter White when you need him?

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

The only safe extraction, for extractors as well as end user patients, is solventless. Ice and water, agitate vigorously (small washing machine is best), strain. Pure medicine.

Foster Wygant
Foster Wygant

It's weak, and not medicine. You don't smoke poppy plants before surgery, they inject the refined product, morphine.

Zach Hampton
Zach Hampton

it keeps happening because people r fucking BHOTARDS!!!!!!!

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

Probably because they are using highly explosive solvents. Non polar solvent are really sketchy

Dustin Nelson
Dustin Nelson

Um hey moron you screw this up it'll hurt. Say hello to Darwin when you see him.

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

Because dumb-asses and butane don't mix. I wouldn't be surprised if there was smoking SOMETHING involved.

Bradley Crable
Bradley Crable

smoking Jack Flash wax right now without a problem in my house! :P

Bradley Crable
Bradley Crable

Just go buy it....SMDH'! It's cheaper than paying with your life or a body part!

Rush Carter
Rush Carter

Because they r stoned when doing it.

Kyndallynne Rogers-Nex
Kyndallynne Rogers-Nex

Because the open loop system is super volatile. There is a closed loop system that works just as well it just doesn't blow up stoners left and right.

Seth Kozak
Seth Kozak

Its from people doing it inside their apt. and not outside, like the directions say. Long story short, idiots.

Randy Hays
Randy Hays

because people keep making hash oil.

Michigans David Waite
Michigans David Waite

cuz dumb kids think that youtube shows you everything and these idiots dont understand that butane makes a pocket of gas....shut off the pilot lights dumbasses!!! and ya get what you deserve if ya dont know its a gas your messing with...you may think its a easy process but theres certian things you need to do to make sure you dont blow up......idiots!!!!

Loghome Finishing
Loghome Finishing

It's not the hash it's the butane, if you were allowed to smoke cigarettes while pumping gas like in Europe there'd be a lot more petroleum fires too

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

People who didn't pass 8th grade science suddenly think they're qualified to use volitile solvents in the practice of biological extraction.

shreddee36
shreddee36

all this back and forth about which is better...co2, dry sift, butane, ISO, bubble bags...who cares? its ALL HASH...and you smoke it. who gives a shit how its made? we are LUCKY to be living in a state where we can grow cannabis, make hash and smoke it freely. as for all these explosions, people are just stupid and a slave to trends, blowing bho is the new weed trend. eh...I personally never made it myself but a friend of mine makes plenty on a weekly basis. I prefer to use bubble bags for my personal stuff. point is PEOPLE ARE FUCKING STUPID. and the anti-pot clowns are running out of bad things to say about pot, so every single explosion that happens from bho you know it will be well covered in the media.

DontBlowBHO
DontBlowBHO

BHO is so 2013. CO2 extraction yields a much cleaner and safer product. Give it a few years and BHO will be a thing of the past.......

Phil Smith
Phil Smith

Stop using butane! Ice water works just as well!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you can't fix stupid.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DontBlowBHO  <== know-nothing imbecile


Butane makes some of the cleanest, purest, most potent oil ... only Ether does a better job.


But if clueless bong-sucking simpletons can't handle something as simple as butane and its vapors, then Natural Selection would surely come calling if they attempted to use ether.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DontBlowBHO ... it's NOT cleaner, not even close.


That's why CO2 extracts have many of the water-solubles, heavy waxes and funky colors in them, improper pressure / temperature management.


As for "safer", if a stupid stoner can't manage a simple butane extraction, how safe is it to trust them with heated super-pressurized metal cylinders running at over 1000 psi. ??


Fact is, the cleanest, most potent hash oils tested at Cannlabs all came from butane extractions.



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