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.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.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.