ENGLAND - A 30-year-old who suffered serious burns in the blast was due to be arrested and questioned on suspicion of cultivating the drug. Police found dozens of cannabis plants as they probed a major gas explosion which blew out a house's doors and windows. A 30-year-old who suffered serious burns in the blast was due to be arrested and questioned on suspicion of cultivating the drug, West Midlands Police said this afternoon.
The explosion, which also dislodged brickwork, stunned neighbours in Copthorne Road, Birmingham at 8.15pm on Saturday, the Birmingham Mail reports. One resident, Peggy Howes, dialled 999 after hearing the blast as she watched the X Factor. She said a man came running out of the house with what looked like burn injuries. “He was shouting for someone to call an ambulance,” the 41-year-old said. “I could see blood on his face. I rushed back into the house and called the emergency services. The bang was so loud – the whole of the street heard it. Everyone came out. We were sitting watching X Factor – it really startled us.”
A second neighbour, who would not be named, said: “There was a massive boom. The house shook. “Fifteen minutes later flashing blue lights were everywhere. Everybody was out saying: ‘Did you hear the explosion?’
One man was being treated by paramedics. Police were there all night and this morning there was still a police car outside. Forensics have gone in."
A police spokesman said 40 plants were found in a loft and bedroom at the address, along with specialist growing equipment. He said the explosion came from a gas cooker and it appeared vents had been blocked in an apparent bid to conceal the smell of the cannabis.
The 30-year-old remained in hospital this afternoon. A second man, who was also initially a suspect, was later released by police. “Cannabis incidents are routinely among some of the most dangerous scenes that police officers attend,” the force spokesman said. Fire crews from Perry Barr and Erdington were sent to the scene, which was sealed off. They remained for more than an hour before leaving the incident in the hands of the police.
The Mirror/Sept. 21, 2014