Article by , High Times
We just learned of a Canadian man responsible for fatal shatter lab explosion given prison sentence for his crimes on Monday. Presiding Justice Johanne Lafrance-Cardinal sentenced Andrew Ross, 28, of Cornwall, Ontario to 6.5 years in prison for the death of Michael Lalonde. Ross and Lalonde were both tenants in the same apartment building when the explosion occurred.
Ross pleaded guilty to manslaughter, arson, producing shatter and other charges in December of last year.
Illicit Lab Explodes
Ross had been creating shatter in the apartment for months, according to reports. He had been using canned butane as a solvent to produce the potent cannabis extract at his home. An explosion rocked the lab on March 26, 2017, killing Lalonde and causing extensive damage.
After Ross had made a batch of shatter, he placed it in a freezer while it cured. Butane fumes subsequently filled the freezer compartment as they vented out of the extract.
Later, when Lalonde opened the door of the appliance, the gas ignited, perhaps lit by a cigarette. The 67-year-old man was set on fire and killed by the fiery explosion.
Reports in local media said the powerful blast “blew the freezer door completely off its hinges and threw it more than 10 feet away from the refrigerator.”
After the accident, Ross and David Lalonde, Michael’s son, fled the scene. They believed the elder Lalonde had also escaped, they later told the authorities.