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Ste. Anne explosion sparked by drug making operation

Police say an explosion at this Ste. Anne house Sunday afternoon was caused by butane used to produce drugs. Gage Fletcher / Global News

WINNIPEG – A garage that exploded over the weekend in Ste. Anne was being used to make hash oil, police say.

Three people were rushed to hospital following the blast at the Gagnier Bay home at around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The force of the blast was so powerful it blew out the garage’s overhead door and buckled a side wall.

Officers executed a search warrant at the home Monday night. Once inside, they seized several butane containers used to produce hash oil, Chief Marc Robichaud of the Ste. Anne Police Service told Global News. The drug is made by dissolving hashish or marijuana in solvents like acetone, alcohol, butane or petroleum. Investigators believe the explosion was caused by the gas.

Arrests are pending.

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