Marijuana "Experiment" Causes Explosion

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013  |  Updated 10:27 PM CDT
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A South Loop man trying to extract hash oil from his marijuana stash caused an explosion in his apartment this week, causing minor burns to himself and second-degree burns to his roommate, according authorities said.

Daniel Tatman’s experiment in his bathroom late Tuesday night also caused roughly $20,000 in damages to his seventh floor unit, according to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto.

Police said Tatman, 21, was using an “incendiary device” on the marijuana when the explosion occurred, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Hash oil is created by “blasting” the cannabis with butane or another chemical solvent, according to High Times, a publication for advocates for the legalization of marijuana. Tatman and his roommate were both treated at Stroger Hospital for the burns, authorities said.

Tatman, who appeared in court with visible injuries to his face Thursday, was ordered held in lieu of $25,000 bail for criminal damage to property, reckless conduct causing bodily harm and possession of cannabis.

Officers said they recovered a little over 1,900 grams of pot worth $30,500 in Tatman’s apartment in the 1200 block of South Michigan Avenue.

Tatman is a photographer, according to a police report.

On his website, Tatman describes himself as an “adrenaline junky, trying to push the limits with whatever I work at.”

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