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Explosion rocks apartment building near Kirkland and Kenmore boundary

Fire investigators survey the damage from an explosion and fire Wednesday night. - Matt Phelps/Bothell Reporter
Fire investigators survey the damage from an explosion and fire Wednesday night.
— image credit: Matt Phelps/Bothell Reporter

For some near the Kirkland and Kenmore boundary the New Year started with a bang – literally.

An explosion from medical marijuana manufacturing rocked an apartment complex in the 7000 block of Northeast 142nd Street just off Juanita Drive at about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

“The guy has a legal medical marijuana license to grow for some patients,” said Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray. “They left the butane stuff running and then went to heat it up. It would be like leaving the propane on in a covered barbecue and then going to light it.”

The two people inside the apartment where the blast took place were taken to Harborview Medical Center for possible burns but were later released with minor injuries.

“It was enough to singe their hair but they were lucky,” said Murray. “The force of the blast blew out a sliding glass door and buckled the walls.”

Residents of the apartment unit below the blast were not injured during the event.

A lamp was also ejected through a window on the front side of the apartment.

Authorities are not allowing tenants of either apartment unit to re-enter until they can make sure it is safe. Both units were damaged by the blast and ensuing small fire.

Murray said that because the man has a license to grow medical marijuana the only charges that could be pursued is reckless endangerment.

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