Scene of the explosion (Source: Google Maps)
The explosion that rocked a Marine Park block yesterday was caused by two teenagers’ attempts to make marijuana hash, the Daily News reports.
The duo, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old high school student, were critically injured in the early morning blast and were taken to Staten Island Hospital, where they were in stable but serious condition.
The incident happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Marine Parkway near Quentin Road. Cops told the Daily News that the two were attempting to make marijuana hash by dousing it with butane gas and allowing it evaporate. One of the teens lit a cigarette, causing the gas vapors to ignite.
The 17-year-old girl is a student at Rachel Carson High School in Brighton Beach.
According to the paper, cops found a “large amount” of marijuana, including plants. They had filled a 30-gallon tub with pot and covered it in butane.
Criminal charges are pending.
Scene of the explosion
Two people were critically injured after a propane tank blew up in Marine Park early this morning.
First responders arrived at the scene, a residential home at Marine Parkway and Quentin Road, at 2:29 a.m. today and doused the flames. The two critically injured people were transported to Staten Island University Hospital, a leading facility for treating burn victims.
As of this 9:00 a.m., the home remain cordoned off and a heavy police presence was on scene.
The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time. Sheepshead Bites has reached out to authorities for an update.
UPDATE (12:38 p.m.): First of all, my thanks to both the NYPD and FDNY, who responded to my request in record time. Both agencies are still investigating the incident, but the NYPD informed Sheepshead Bites that officers at the scene observed a garage in the rear of the home that had been converted into an apartment unit. That is where the explosion occurred. The two victims, and male and female, are both now in stable condition. The NYPD could not say whether the victims lived in the apartment, as their identification suggested they resided elsewhere.