The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating an explosion that happened Sunday, March 9 at the Monument Inn on North Ave. At this point in the investigation we believe people attempting to make marijuana butane hash oil sparked the explosion which sent two people to the hospital. One of those people appeared to have burns on his body.
The explosion created a small fire that was extinguished before emergency personnel arrived on scene. Officers also found marijuana inside the room. The scene did not present any hazardous materials concerns.
Marijuana butane hash oil is created by using butane to extract THC from marijuana to produce THC concentrate. THC is the chemical that creates the high for the user. Because of the flammable materials used there is a high risk of an explosion, especially when there’s an ignition source nearby. Lit cigarettes, static electricity, and even light switches are a few examples of potential ignition sources, but there are a variety of others. We are aware from news reports of similar explosions happening recently in several cities across the country, including incidents on the Front Range of Colorado.
We are investigating the Monument Inn incident as a possible arson, along with other possible charges.