Explosion at commercial pot operation leaves 1 in critical condition

HUNTINGTON — An explosion rocked a commercial marijuana growing and processing operation in Huntington on Thursday afternoon sent one to to the hospital.

The Huntington Fire Department and employees from Baker County Sheriff’s Office were called to Burnt River Farms at about 2:38 p.m. Thursday afternoon after a gas leak led to an explosion that injured a Huntington man, according to an article in the Baker City Herald.

 

Aaron Langley, 28, was in critical condition this morning at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, according to the article.

Brad Hoaglan, hospital spokesman, confirmed in a phone interview with the Argus this afternoon that Langley is still in critical condition.

 

Shawn McKay, owner of Burnt River Farms, said the explosion happened at the facility’s marijuana processing lab, according to the article, which was backed up by a press release from the sheriff’s office stating it happened in the room where marijuana oil is extracted.

 

“It was determined that the explosion was contained to a concrete building on the edge of the property,” the release states.

 

According to the press release, the investigation into the explosion is ongoing and involves the Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

 

Burnt River Farms, at 300 Oregon Trail Blvd., in Huntington, has licenses through the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to produce, process and wholesale recreational marijuana, according to information posted on the OLCC Website as of April 6.

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