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Explosion, fire that killed St. Cloud woman started during marijuana wax operation

ST. CLOUD -- An explosion and fire that killed an elderly woman in St. Cloud last year was started during a marijuana wax manufacturing operation. The Department of Public Safety has scheduled a news conference for today in St. Paul to discuss th...

ST. CLOUD - An explosion and fire that killed an elderly woman in St. Cloud last year was started during a marijuana wax manufacturing operation.

The Department of Public Safety has scheduled a news conference for today in St. Paul to discuss the emergence of marijuana wax in Minnesota and the dangers of its use and manufacture.
The process of using butane to extract THC from marijuana and create a highly concentrated and potent form of the drug has grown, particularly in states that have legalized marijuana. It has been accompanied by explosions and house fires related to the extraction process.
An 85-year-old woman died in early December, two weeks after a Nov. 22 explosion and house fire at 1919 First St. N.
Sally Douglas was injured from smoke inhalation and died at Hennepin County Medical Center two weeks after the fire.

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