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Anchorage Police Department
Wednesday July 5th, 2017 :: 04:23 p.m. AKDT


Explosion investigation involving hash oil operation

On 7/1/17 at 10:34 a.m., Dispatch received reports of an explosion at an apartment building in the 4500 block of Folker Street.
Upon arrival, officers found the first floor windows and door blown out from a corner apartment. The side of the building was bowing out and knocked off its foundation. Glass and debris were scattered throughout the area. There were no signs of an active fire.
The tenant of the apartment was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. He admitted to officers at the hospital he was making butane hash oil and it exploded.
Despite having a search warrant, investigators were prevented from entering the apartment due to the severity of the structural damage to the side of the building. On 7/3/17, investigators were cleared to enter after a front loader was used to support the wall.
Investigators seized numerous marijuana plants and other drug paraphernalia.
No one else was injured.
No arrests have been made.
The investigation continues.
The Anchorage Fire Department also responded to the scene.
Even though Alaska laws have changed in regards to marijuana, this homemade hash oil laboratory was an illegal and extremely dangerous operation. It is not safe. The oil is made with butane and marijuana in a highly pressurized tube and poses a public safety threat.
APD Case: 17-25989

Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

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