Suspect in Whitby house explosion released on promise to appear in court

Suspect in Whitby house explosion released on promise to appear in court
House explosion happened when butane used to make cannabis oil: police
WHITBY, Ont. – Police investigating a house explosion east of Toronto say they believe the blast occurred when butane was being used to make cannabis oil.

The explosion took place around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Whitby, Ont., leaving three men with non life-threatening injuries.

“There was no fire after the explosion but there is structural damage,” Whitby Deputy Fire Chief Mariano Perini said of the multi-unit dwelling, located near the intersection of Garden and Dundas streets.

Jody Cormier, 48, of Whitby, has been charged with arson with disregard for human life, criminal negligence and altering cannabis with an organic solvent.

Jody Cormier, 48, of Cedar Street in Whitby is charged with arson with disregard for human life, criminal negligence and altering cannabis with an organic solvent. He was released on a promise to appear in court.

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.

One man has now been charged with offences, including arson and criminal negligence, in relation to the incident at a house on Cedar Street at about 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Durham police said.

Investigators believe the explosion was sparked from butane being used in the making of cannabis oil.

On Thursday morning, police confirmed that the blast occurred while butane was being used in the production of cannabis oil. One man was charged.

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.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-888-579-1520 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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