FDNY Chief Killed In Pot Grow Explosion
Earlier this week, a home that sources say could have been a marijuana grow operation exploded. The explosion killed a New York City Fire Department battalion chief named Michael Fahy. Along with Fahy’s death, six police officers, nine other firefighters, two civilians, and two utilities workers were also injured. Today marks the first time since July 2014 that an NYC firefighter was killed in the line of duty.
Firefighters responded to a report early this morning that there was a gas leak at a home in the Bronx. When they got there and began investigating, they found what looked like a homemade drug lab. Sources said it could have been an illegal cannabis grow operation. After making the discovery, the firefighters called for police backup.
A short time later, a group of firefighters and police officers were waiting outside the home for utility workers from Con Ed to arrive. And that’s when the explosion occurred.
When the building blew up, a giant piece of the roof went flying into the air. Debris from the roof fell onto the crowd of people. Those who were injured were rushed to the hospital. Battalion Chief Fahy died, and the others received non-life threatening injuries.
” was brought here as quickly as possible but he was not to be saved,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “It’s a terrible loss for the Fahy family and a loss for the Fire Department family. We feel it deeply; we feel it deeply today.”
Dangerous Illegal Grow Sites
Explosions like the one that occurred today are part of the dangers of illegal drug operations. In particular, many cannabis grow sites use flammable materials like propane. But sources in New York City said that today’s explosion is the first time a marijuana grow site caused this sort of damage in the city.
It’s not unusual for people growing marijuana to resort to strange and potentially dangerous ways to grow the plant. In other places, illegal growers have resorted to all sorts of methods for growing pot.
In Lenoir County, North Carolina a group of growers buried a bus beneath the ground. They turned the buried bus into a grow lab. And in Miami, cannabis growers once turned a swimming pool into an elaborate grow site. They covered the pool with a huge slab of concrete. Beneath the slab, they installed lights and other growing equipment.