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NYC Firefighter Dies After Illegal Grow-House Explosion

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A New York City Fire Department battalion chief died in an explosion at a marijuana grow house in the Bronx, officials said.

After reports of a gas leak at the house, fire fighters discovered the operation and called police. Sometime after that, the explosion occurred.

Chief Michael Fahy had worked in the department for 17 years, officials in New York said.

Seven police officers were injured in the blast as well, among others.

The tragedy is another example of the societal costs of marijuana criminalization. In states where the weed is legal, grow operations are licensed and regulated.

More details in the New York Times here. NY1 coverage here.

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    September 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Wasn’t the “gas leak” the cause of the explosion?

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      September 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      As the gas leaked into the grow, the heat of the lamps must of set it off.

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    Mark McCombs

    September 27, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    “In states where the weed is legal, grow operations are licensed and regulated.” That doesn’t mean that there are not illegal and perhaps dangerous grow operations in those states.

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    September 27, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I have NEVER seen where a “GROW HOUSE” was a place that would explode, Meth Labs Etc,Yes, Pot houses ? NO! You’d have to be a complete IDIOT for that to happen! GAS is not used to grow pot ! To heat a Cold Building for heat there could be a Dumb ass, WHERE’S this? NY? Not cold yet!

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      September 27, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      BTW, Chelsea clinto is a F’ing abortion failure of Killery!

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        September 27, 2016 at 5:17 pm

        at least billy dosent have to claim her . He stated in a 90’s Paternity suit He was Sterile

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    September 27, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Unless he was making CANNABIS OIL by using Butane or some other flammable solvent and it exploded…

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    September 27, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I just read about this explosion on YAHOO…amazing how it totally did not mention the CANNABIS aspect of this incident….

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    September 28, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Did the growing cannabis cause the gas leak? I would think a firefighter would just as easily die in a house with a gas leak that was not being used to grow cannabis as well.

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