The explosion took place around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Whitby, Ont., leaving three men with non life-threatening injuries.
Jody Cormier, 48, of Whitby, has been charged with arson with disregard for human life, criminal negligence and altering cannabis with an organic solvent.
A home in Whitby that exploded after police say a suspect attempted to make marijuana oil on Nov. 7, 2018. (Cam Woolley/CP24)
WHITBY — Use of a highly combustible gas to make cannabis oil has been identified as the cause of an explosion that injured three people and caused significant damage to a Whitby house Wednesday afternoon.
A 48-year-old man is facing charges – both criminal and under the Cannabis Act, after a house explosion rocked a Whitby neighbourhood.
Wednesday’s blast on Cedear Street near Dundas Street and Garden Street sent three men to hospital with minor injuries.
Investigators believe the explosion was sparked from butane being used in the making of cannabis oil.
Jody Cormier, 48, of Cedar Street in Whitby, has been charged with: arson with disregard for human life, criminal negligence and alter cannabis with organic solvent.
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