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31 October 2013 CIAC Report 13-02005

Colorado Information Analysis Center

Intelligence Bulletin

(U//FOUO) Butane Hash Oil Production Poses Risks to First Responders

(U) The Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) is disseminating this bulletin to assist with first responder awareness when dealing with calls for service involving hash oil production.

(U) Do-It-Yourself butane hash oil extractions have caused a recent trend of explosions resulting in fires, burns, broken windows, and damaged walls.

 In July 2013, a man and woman suffered severe burns after allegedly attempting to make hash oil in Colorado Springs, CO. The bomb squad was called after investigators found a duffel bag containing a couple of sealed pipes that looked like bombs. Instead of explosives, they found marijuana.1

 In February 2013, a hash oil lab caused a house explosion which occurred in Lakewood, CO resulting in injuries.2

(U) Many first responders aren’t familiar with hash oil production. When they come across the materials – namely metal, glass, or PVC piping that is capped – they frequently mistake it for a pipe bomb.3 First responders may also be unaware that they are standing in low lying butane gas when they arrive on scene. Explosions from hash oil production are often mistaken for methamphetamine lab explosions. In states like Colorado with legalized marijuana use, these incidents appear to be increasing.4

(U//FOUO) First responders, firefighters, bomb squads, and drug task force personnel should receive training to be familiar with items used as well as the

precautions for hash oil extraction.

Figure 1: Butane Honey Oil Lab

1 (U) Hash Oil Explosion in Colorado Springs Injures Woman, Hatchet Wielding Man.

http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2013/07/hash_oil_explosion_in_colorado_springs_injures_woman_hatchet-wielding_man.php

2 (U) Explosions Highlight Risk in Making Hash Oil. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/mar/17/explosions-highlight-risk-in- making-hash-oil/ 13 March 2013 (U) http://www.denverpost.com/dontmiss/ci_22756015/explosions-highlight-dangers-making-hash-oil 3 (U) Explosions Highlight Risk in Making Hash Oil. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/mar/17/explosions-highlight-risk-in- making-hash-oil/ 13 March 2013

4 (U) Hash Oil Explosions Alert from US Fire Administration. http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2013/02/12/hash-oil-explosions-alert- from-u-s-fire-administration/

(U/FOUO) Information contained in this document is for official use only and should not be released to the general public or media.

For further information concerning this bulletin please contact the

Colorado Information Analysis Center at 877-509-2422 or at ciac@ciac.co.gov To report suspicious activity please file a report through our website at www.ciac.co.gov

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