Fridge blast linked to drug-making
Volatile substances used to make hash oil were responsible for the explosion of a fridge in a Calgary home, police say.
Authorities were called to a home in the 2300 block of 51st Street N.E. following the explosion Tuesday afternoon. The blast blew off the fridge door and shattered windows.
An injured man, one of two occupants of the house at the time of the blast, was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries
Later, a search of the house for explosives revealed pipes with cannabis, plastic bags containing marijuana, hashish resin and about $2,100 in cash.
Officials initially said they might never know the cause of the explosion, but on Friday morning investigators said there appears to be a link between the explosion and the drug activity in the home.
"Evidence found at the scene leads investigators to believe that the explosion was a result of extremely volatile and unstable substances, used in the production of hash oil, being stored in the refrigerator," police said in a release.
A 27-year-old Calgary man has been charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, and production and manufacturing drugs. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for possession of stolen property.
Friday, January 8, 2010 | 11:26 AM MT