Denver duplex explosion just the latest hash-oil disaster in Colorado

Categories: Marijuana

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Jeff Garbarek.
There was a whole lot of shaking going on in northwest Denver last Sunday, when an attempt to make hash oil exploded in a rental duplex in the 2900 block of Julian Street. Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey formally charged 40-year-old Jeff Garbarek, 39-year-old Steve Donnel and and 43-year-old Scott Mitchell with fourth-degree arson in connection with their cannabis-cooking incident; they are scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on April 9. In the meantime, hands off the butane! This was just the latest in a string of hash-oil disasters; keep reading for our top six.

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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Blake O'Dunn
Blake O'Dunn

Daniel: goto Denver and Try it. Its what they use to mix THC into the food with before cooking etc

Blake O'Dunn
Blake O'Dunn

How many oil spills has there been lately? This is petty and reckless, its not news. Make money but do it In your own space not a shared one...

Daniel Andres Gallardo
Daniel Andres Gallardo

Marijuana is "all natura"l to some extent but blasting it with flammable substancess kind of defeats the purpos. Can you eat hash oil?

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Smoked weed in Denver for over a decade and NEVER experienced nor saw an "explosion". Can't you damn people just be happy it's legal?

Jeffrey Von Stetten
Jeffrey Von Stetten

Ok seriously this is EXACTLY what we DON'T want to have make the news in these early formative years of reformed cannabis laws in Colorado. The whole nation is counting on people to self police and put the idiots in check so they don't blow it for everybody. This is exactly what anti cannabis and anti hemp people are looking for to grab onto and run with. If anyone knows anyone doing this nonsense in Colorado they need to school that acquaintance fast so they don't blow it for everyone. Seriously. Don't blow it for the nation, we're counting on you Colorado.

Dalton Brown
Dalton Brown

Let me evaporate all this liquid butane over my gas stove"" and well blame butane for being explosive instead of the dumbass who sticks it directly on fire and blows a building up-

Dalton Brown
Dalton Brown

The people saying they should ban butune or it's not clean or bho is a drug or ice wax is better should all have their shit kicked in. Medical grade ntane is toxic crap huh.. And ice wax is so potent that you have to smoke 5 times as much so it's definitely better., you're right... Think past yourself dumbasses . Some people got real conditions other then the want to make oil to smoke and get high. Most with real reasons aren't blowing anybody or anything up either. Fucking stupid some of these comments if only these explosions were taking out the hating ass retards blaming random shit

Lance Cayko
Lance Cayko

I had no idea that was a thing until today. Thanks Westword. This is much better than you're past insane clown posse reporting

Becca Doyle
Becca Doyle

I feel like this is kind of a sign that screwing with marijuana is stupid. Everybody's argument for legalization was that it was "natural". So why not just enjoy the plant? Why do people have to concentrate it and turn it into an actual drug? This always frustrates me.

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

One problem is HB 1284 bans the ingredients used to make RSO so people make this crap.

Don JuanMagic
Don JuanMagic

These happenings are absurdly idiotic. Who would have thought butane inside was a bad idea? Shelby Darrow I totally agree.

Monkey
Monkey

This is why California banned BHO. They keep making it, but they call it C02, no matter how it was made.

Kyle Kenczewicz
Kyle Kenczewicz

People are idiots. If your stupid enough to make BHO inside turn off all pilot lights, stove water heater.... And even you fridge has the capability of sparking the gas. VENT your area well and don't extract by a F****** flame.

Dee Jack
Dee Jack

It's not illegal why are these idiots doing it in enclosed rooms. I could give two shits about these dumb asses killing themselves, but innocent bystanders are something completely different

rkhatfield21
rkhatfield21

Leave it to the professionals. This is exactly the kind of behavior that is going to get marijuana to be illegal again. Go to your local dispensaries to get the hash oil and stop thinking you're fuckin smart..

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

In reality you should probably just grow your own.  Your caregiver is in it for the money too, but they are just in denial.  Unless they are "giving" it for no cost out of compassion. In that case they would  actually be giving and caring.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

It isn't -- Gov. Hack made marijuana like murder last summer (see C.R.S. 18-18-406).

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

We have to condense down the excess bud from our grows into smaller volumes so we can continue to grow more bud.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... what ingredients -- solvents -- does HB1284 ban ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey  ... true, many switched to -- or claimed to switch to -- Hexane or Napthalene.


They both have a much higher boiling point and therefore are harder to fully evaporate / evacuate from the end product without using professional vacuum chambers, remaining behind as toxic residue when processed by amateurs.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... who said it isn't illegal?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... simply because idiots like you are incapable of doing it safely?


JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@rkhatfield21 Said the dispensary propagandist. Just what they want, and next it will be unsafe to grow at home. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... idiots will get frostbite.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase  ... must be part of the 14,000 reduction in arrests that Lyin' Brian Vicente, Mendacious Mason Tvert and Bullshit Betty Aldworth promised would emanate from that festering turd A64.

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

@DonkeyHotay Experts like me do it in my basement. I am invincible. The fumes are so satisfying.

rkhatfield21
rkhatfield21

Look, what I mean is that these guys were without the knowledge needed to make butane hash oil and should've just bought it. There's six different incidents where people who were inexperienced with this process and have cost themselves their homes and others too. It is not the same as growing plants at all. Plants do not explode into a ball of flame, like the process of creating butane hash oil. I believe if you can do the process at home without danger to you or others, than you should be able to do it. Hash oil was around long before it was legal, so people with proper respect of the elements they are dealing with do exist and should be able to make it. But, if you're watching a video on YouTube and think it's a good idea, it probably isn't. Also, it's a great way to demonize marijuana again.

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

@DonkeyHotay I failed at writing a legalization initiative because I got too high and couldn't function enough to complete the task. 

I am not bitter at all. One love and all that crap.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom @rkhatfield21  


If the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels weren't RAPING people with obscene prices for their warehouse schwag, perhaps more people would be willing to simply purchase it retail.


Until then, it's WAY CHEAPER to grow and process your own supply.


JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@rkhatfield21 But the dispensaries are part of the problem not the solution. 

rkhatfield21
rkhatfield21

Exactly what I'm saying! They don't even have to demonize it for us... America!

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@rkhatfield21 Oh don't you worry some idiot will burn down his house with extension cords connecting too many grow lights, and then the dispensaries will get their propaganda rag WestTurd to right a bunch of stories about the dangers of home grows. The next you know they are changing A64 to disallow home grows completely.

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