Flat blast man was badly burned while trying to get rid of drugs in his kitchen


Man badly burned after blowing up his apartment while trying to create a mind-blowing drug faces jail.

David Hastie, 38, concocted tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive component of marijuana – in his first-floor apartment, but caused an explosion when butane gas ignited.

The force of the explosion blew up the windows of the property in Hamilton and caused extensive damage to the interior.

Emergency services rushed to the scene amid reports of a fire in a frying pan, but upon arrival they found Hastie covered in burns and the kitchen and living room charred.

Police noticed cans of butane gas in the apartment and an investigation revealed that the explosion was caused by the flammable atmosphere capturing the light.

Hastie was rushed to hospital and had to undergo skin grafts for his injuries, but a woman in the apartment suffered no injuries from the blast.

It was later found out that he tried to create Class B THC, commonly known as “shatter”.

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Hastie has now appeared before Hamilton Sheriff Court and admitted to guilty and recklessly producing THC to the potential danger to residents in March 2019.

Tax MP Vish Kathuria said: ‘Scottish Fire and Rescue Officers received a call about an alleged chip stove fire at the site and on arrival there was no obvious sign of fire still present.

“But when they got into the apartment, they met the accused who appeared to have several burns on his upper torso, face, head and hands and they immediately helped him and administered the first aid.

“There were signs of an explosion in the kitchen and living room and a number of butane gas canisters were found on the property.

“Drug officers attended later and, in their opinion, the kitchen contained equipment that was used to prepare what is commonly referred to as shatter.

The prosecutor added: “Experts concluded that the origin of the explosion was in the kitchen caused by the ignition of a flammable atmosphere by an open flame or an electrical source.

“There was no evidence of a woodchip stove fire and it is now believed that this was caused by the attempted production of THC.”

Jackson Bateman, defending, said: “I explained to him that all options are open.”

Sheriff Linda Nicolson has postponed Hastie’s sentence until next month for reports and upheld bail.

She added: “I understand that you know that all options, including custody, are open in court and that will be the likely outcome.”

Hastie had pleaded not guilty to five to five counts of possession of cannabis, cannabinol, THC and etizolam accepted by prosecutors.

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