More than six weeks after an explosion at the rear of a house that was linked to drug manufacturing, a man who was injured in the blast has been charged.
Police say that a 32-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and will appear in court on Oct. 10 to face charges of arson by negligence and of producing a controlled substance.
Firefighters and police were called to a home on the 600-block of 12th Street at about
4 a.m. on July 3. A neighbour later told the Sun that he had heard a bang and had seen a flash about a half-hour earlier. Another described it as a “distinctive whoomph.”
Two men, a tenant of the house and a visitor, were flown to Winnipeg hospital with serious burns. Damage to the house — specifically the back porch area — was extensive.
Police were initially reluctant to confirm that there had been an explosion, saying some evidence also pointed toward an electrical fault. However, they said yesterday that a joint investigation between police, firefighters and the Office of the Fire Commissioner had, in fact, determined that an explosion caused the fire, and that the explosion was caused by the manufacture of cannabis oil.
The man facing charges was a tenant of the house, which has seen a police presence before.
The Sun reported in July 2010 the same address was raided by police who seized four small-calibre firearms, ammunition and two pellet guns.
The seized items included at least one gun disguised as a pen capable of firing a single .22-calibre bullet.
The same residence was also one of a number of homes targeted during a shooting spree that same month. A bullet passed through a garage door where there was a party and hit a TV that exploded, but no one was hurt.
There has been no indication of a link between these incidents and the explosion.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 23, 2013