Explosions spark warning from police about dangers of cannabis extraction labs

Edmonton police are warning citizens to watch for signs of cannabis extraction labs in their neighbourhoods after two recent explosions and the discovery of a third lab.

The first explosion happened in the city’s southwest on April 17, while another lab exploded on May 11 in the Pollard Meadows neighbourhood in the southeast. That home, near 20th Avenue and 49th Street, was badly destroyed, and is missing a wall where a front entrance would be.

On May 6, police responding to a sudden death call in a southeast neighbourhood discovered a cannabis extraction lab. The sudden death was not related to the lab, police said.

Equipment seized in the May 6 bust was displayed for the media at police headquarters on Wednesday. The display included a vacuum oven, compression pumps, double boilers,

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