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Mar 9, 2013 3:56 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Explosions highlight dangers of making hash oil

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nicholas Broms was trying to squeeze a better high from marijuana when his Oregon condo caught on fire. An explosion knocked out a wall, blew out his sliding glass door and torched his arms.

The incident was one of several recently involving the making of hash oil, a potent marijuana byproduct that is extracted with butane from parts of the plant that are often discarded. Disasters from it have been recorded primarily on the West Coast.

There have been three incidents alone in Southern California this year, including a blast at a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego.

Hash oil sells on average for about $50 a gram and has about 15 percent THC, the main intoxicant in marijuana. A drop or two can be as potent as a joint.

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