**Update** Tewksbury house explosion investigation points to dangerous Marijuana THC extraction process

Tewksbury Fire Department

Tewksbury Fire Department
Michael Hazel, Fire Chief
21 Town Hall Ave.
Tewksbury, MA 01876

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

**UPDATE** Tewksbury Firefighters Respond to House Explosion

Statement of Tewksbury Fire Chief Michael Hazel:

“A preliminary fire investigation into the explosion and fire at 22 Astle Street Tewksbury last night points to a marijuana THC extraction process using butane gas. The buildup of butane vapors within the apartment came in contact with an ignition source and an explosion ensued. The process was being performed on and around an electric stove within the apartment. A number of full and empty and butane cylinders were found at the scene. This was a very dangerous situation for the residents and the firefighters.The incident remains under investigation.”

Original Press Release.