FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Facial Recognition

Ask The Expert

Roger Rodriguez

Manager of Image Analytics

Top News

FEMA: Hash Oil Extraction Causing Explosions

February 27, 2013  | 

Last week FEMA issued an alert stating that some explosions in residences and hotels have possibly been caused by a process using butane to extract and concentrate compounds from marijuana.

The extraction method is more common on the West Coast and can cause fires, injuries and explosions that blow out windows and walls. The explosions can be misidentified as pipe bombs or meth lab explosions.

"First responders, fire marshals, bomb squads and drug task force personnel should receive training to identify items used in hash oil extraction," FEMA announced in the statement.

Here is the rest of the announcement:

"Butane is necessary for the process and is available over-the-counter in 8-ounce cans. The extraction process uses one whole can and multiple cans will likely be at the scene. Butane is highly explosive, colorless, odorless and heavier than air and therefore can travel along the floor until it encounters an ignition source.

"The process also uses isopropyl or anhydrous alcohol, both flammable; extraction vessels; glass dishes; ether and coffee filters. The resulting substance is a thick yellow-orange oil called hash oil, honey oil, Butane Honey Oil (BHO) or dabs.

"Initial explosions can lead to secondary explosions and fires. In states with legalized use and availability of medical marijuana, these incidents appear to be increasing. In some of these states the legality of the actual production process is still in debate."

Be the first to comment on this story

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

NFL Player, Son of Officer Says He Wants to Build Bridges Between Officers and Community
Doug Baldwin Sr. served 35 years in the Pensacola Police Department and later worked for...
Justice Department to Review Memphis Police Department
The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday it will examine community policing and use...
Sheriff Joe Arpaio Officially Charged with Criminal Contempt of Court
Arpaio and his supporters said it was no coincidence that the Justice Department announced...
FL Officer Injured During Hurricane Loses Leg to Flesh-Eating Bacteria
A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office police officer lost his leg after an injury that he...
Video: Family Members of Slain CA Officers Oppose Prisoner Release Proposition
Family members of two law enforcement officers slain in recent weeks have come out against...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine