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Petawawa man charged after drug laboratory explosion in private home

By Pembroke Daily Observer

Sean Chase/Daily Observer 
Pembroke firefighters survey the damage left after an explosion blew out the sides of this two-storey house on D'Arcy Street early Thursday afternoon. A man suffered burns to his face and hands, while an infant sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Pembroke firefighters survey the damage left after an explosion blew out the sides of this two-storey house on D'Arcy Street early Thursday afternoon. A man suffered burns to his face and hands, while an infant sustained non-life threatening injuries.

A man is facing charges after the explosion of a butane marijuana extraction laboratory inside a private home located on D'arcy Street in Pembroke.

On March 8, members of the Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario detachment of the Provincial Police (OPP) responded to house explosion call in the city. At the time of the explosion one male adult and a three-month-old child were inside the residence. Occupants were transported to hospital as a precautionary measure.

The incident is being investigated by the Ontario Fire Marshall Office and the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU). It was determined that the explosion was a result of a clandestine drug laboratory and CSCU members executed a search warrants on March 9.

Kurt DeHaan, 27, of Petawawa is charged with three counts of possession of a schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking – under three kilograms, one count of possession of a schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking – over three kilograms, one count of possession of a schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking, one count of produce a schedule II substance, one count of arson by negligence and one count of possession of counterfeit money.

The accused is scheduled to appear on April 24 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone having information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment at 613-732-3332 or toll free at 1-888-310-1122, or Pembroke Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



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