Law enforcement have linked an explosion at a University of Montana housing complex to a student who had, they say, "a brisk marijuana business." The suspect is being accused of igniting the blast while concentrating marijuana. Charges are also pending against an 18-year-old woman who was in the apartment with a baby at the time of the explosion. The child, woman and male suspect were all injured in the blast.
This morning's Missoulian reports
that police were still deciding which charges to file but 24-year-old Patrick Austin, the alleged pot broker, was being held on an outstanding burglary warrant. Austin suffered second-degree burns and the woman and baby suffered first-degree burns.
"There are resident policies which make it very clear drugs are prohibited in university housing at all times," U of M spokeswoman Peggy Kuhr told the Missoulian
Kuhr added that damage to the apartment was considerable, with several windows being blown out, the walls damaged and the ceiling lifted by the blast.