Officials: Butane used to extract marijuana oil caused car explosion

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 5:09 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police and Spokane Fire Department investigated a car explosion on Sunday afternoon that left a man with serious burns and injured his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. Officials believe it to be accidental, however charges may be filed.

A witness said he felt the explosion from afar.

"I heard an explosion. It felt like the house shook," said Derrik Coulter. "There was shrapnel everywhere. The windshield looked like it went probably 200 feet." 

Coulter said the man was calling out for his daughter and appeared to have serious burns on his body. The witness said he and his neighbor grabbed the daughter out of the car window.

"A few minor burns. Some burned hair. But the baby wasn't hurt that bad," Coulter said. "She had a couple minor burns. And she didn't seem like she was in any kind of major trauma, but he was burned pretty bad."

Officials said they are processing the car for evidence and both victims were hospitalized with serious injuries. Officials said the father's burns were so severe he was transported to Harborview Burn Center in Seattle. Authorities said that both of them are okay despite their injuries.

"He just kept saying 'I'm sorry Danny, I'm sorry Danny.' You could tell he was just in total shock of what happened," Coulter said. "It was pretty sad."

Officials said the explosion tore off the roof of the car and damaged nearby buildings. Bomb Squads responded  to process to car.

Investigators said they believe that the driver was trying to use cans of butane with a THC generator prior to the explosion. A THC generator is used to extract oils from marijuana to make the drug more potent. Officials said the practice is extremely dangerous.

The driver allegedly placed the items in the back seat of the car and lit a cigarette. It is believed that caused vapors in the car to explode as it was moving eastbound on Garland.

 

 

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