Meth Lab Suspected in Apartment Blast that Hurt 3

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say an explosion and fire that injured several people in a Macomb County apartment was caused by a propane torch being used to extract a compound from marijuana.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report Monday that while someone was trying to remove THC -- a psychoactive compound -- from marijuana plants in the kitchen, gases were ignited which caused Sunday's explosion.

Four people were injured inside the unit at the Beachwood apartments in Harrison Township, northeast of Detroit. Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says no charges have yet been filed.

Harrison Township Fire Chief Mike Lopez says damage was estimated at $500,000 and the building was knocked off its foundation by the blast.

The Red Cross is assisting about two dozen people who lived in the building.


HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities in suburban Detroit say they suspect a meth lab was the cause of an explosion at an apartment complex that injured three people, started a fire and forced the occupants of 16 units to flee.

WDIV-TV says the blast happened about 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Beachwood Apartments. The complex is in Macomb County's Harrison Township, next to Mount Clemens and about 20 miles northeast of Detroit.

The Associated Press left a message with fire officials seeking details Sunday.

Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Seehase tells The Detroit News says investigators are seeking to confirm indications that a meth operation triggered the blast. Two of the injured were treated at the scene and the third went to a hospital for burns.

The Red Cross was helping those who were evacuated.

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