(KUSA) – It takes less than 0.4 seconds for a wall of flame hotter than molten lava to burst through the plywood covering at the testing facility at the National Center for Explosives Training and Research in Huntsville, Alabama. In less than five seconds, the fire is mostly extinguished. The cause was a butane-hash oil explosion.
Hash-oil extraction has become a popular way to extract THC from marijuana in order to make a highly potent oil which can be used in such things as edibles. The process isn’t terribly complicated, but it frequently relies on the use of highly flammable gases in order to do it.
In 2014, 32 butane hash-oil explosions in Colorado injured more than 30 people while damaging everything from backyard sheds to apartment complexes and houses.
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