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Anthony Gambale and Gabriella KatanovBrooklyn, NY – A teenage couple suffered serious burns after they attempted to make a potent form of marijuana but only ended up blowing themselves up inside a garage.

Anthony Gambale, 19, and Gabriella Katanov, 17, were making their stash 80 percent stronger by creating what is called “ear wax,” “dabs,” “honey oil,” or “butter.” The names are derived from the final product’s yellowish color and gooey consistency. 

There are many how-to videos available online showing people how they can turn their herb into ear wax if you want to try it yourself, but one of the main steps includes soaking your marijuana in butane.

This couple had already finished that step, using a 30-gallon tub to cover some cannabis, and were in the process of evaporating the gas when one of the morons decided that was the perfect time to light up a cigarette.

The resulting explosion woke up the neighbors, who reported hearing the couple screaming for help from inside the burning garage. Gambale and Katanov were both transported to Staten Island University Hospital in serious condition, suffering from second- and third-degree burns.

“Their lungs are good… but from the waist up, all burned,” said Katanov’s mother. “Her hands, too. She could be in the hospital for a year. She needs surgery. The doctors said it will get worse every day.”

It doesn’t look like the couple were making this for personal use, as police said they found a “large amount” of marijuana inside the garage, along with pot plants, plastic storage containers, plastic tabs, coffee filters, glass pans and butane.

Some may get angry with me for posting one of these “how-to make ear wax” videos, but my odds of having something to write about in the future increase proportionally with the amount of people who try to follow the instructions.

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  • Buffettgirl

    Stupid is as stupid does… Damn, really? All that butane vapor in the air and one of these geniuses lights up? Clever, really clever. On a side note, I had a chance to try some of that the other day, one hit and I was skull baked for about six hours. Not that I would ever make it, but if I had a chance to smoke it again I probably would.

  • Evan

    wow i’ve made it many times, most my friends make it regularly…. you gotta do it OUTSIDE you IDIOTS!

  • Evan

    smoke it regularly – it is some 3-4x stronger than good marijuana. [takes big hit of wax]

  • Evan

    these kids should have paid attention in chemistry class, no?

  • kcjosh

    These two got blown sky high…

  • ShelbySP

    See guys, marijuana kills!! Didn’t they ever watch Reefer Madness?

  • ShelbySP

    And you know, keep your open flames far away from the butane?

  • Rachel Ann

    I have kids. I wouldn’t not ever get shit done if I smoked that shit lol.

  • BrittBrittRoss

    This is not a good way to get baked…

  • Brent Williams

    Wish I could also down vote this to compensate for the guilt I feel for thinking this is funny.

  • Evan

    yea well usually the butane is in a dish of some sort so if you dropped a ember or flame into that you’d probably lose face, but otherwise the vapors disperse quickly.

  • Buffettgirl

    I’d be a waste case if I did that shit regularly! Despite smoking just about everyday I am kind of a light weight. Especially if I use my inhaler right before I smoke as it opens the airways and I get more per hit!

  • Evan

    [searches couches for wife's inhaler she lost months ago]

  • Evan

    to be fair, any potent chemical you might take – that you aren’t used to (chemical or dosage) – is going to mess you up. Drink a gallon of milk some time, or pure oxygen or a whole bottle of cough syrup – if you don’t believe me. I smoke wax and write computing scripts, make figures, write papers, make dinner, fix the car, troll DD…….. But to be fair, i suck at doing those things without any THC in my system.

  • AssWho?

    Butane is actually the safer way of the two popular methods of making WAX. The other method involves boiling alcohol on a stove till it burns off. 30 Gallons is WAY to big of a Extraction Chamber by ……oh I dunno 29.75 gallons. The beauty of butane is its boiling point is well below freezing. So if you do it, Do ALL of it outside and leave your catch pan out side until all the butane evaporates off …oh and for the love of god, NO OPEN SPARKS. Scrape pan with razor to get your goodies.

  • itsknotme

    Allstate, …, I’ve been thinkin’ about a commercial.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Not necessarily… Jesse didn’t pay attention in chemistry class but he still learned a bunch and became the teacher’s pet to boot! :-)

  • ShelbySP

    Shiiit. I smoked out of a vaporizer one time like 3 years ago and I think I’m still high. I thought the transformers movie on tv was real and I cried. Then I watched the netflix selection screen for 2 hours. Then I never did drugs again.

  • Texas Ranger

    So wait…burning your face into the consistency of melted butter is a side effect of pot? I did not know that.

  • ItsMrPumpkinhead2U

    The more you know. ; )

  • AssWho?

    frantically doing the same.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Count Rackula

    I think we should be friends.

  • TheLadyDragon

    HAH stupid kids. Rule number one is no open flame…

  • AssWho?

    Pyrex is the dish of choice.

  • Evan

    that’s legit – except i’m sure you still do drugs just not marijuana. the term “drugs” shouldn’t be confused with whatever the man tells people is illegal or legal.

  • Evan

    it is of mine! albeit, they are never really the same after that…. so i use the same one each time.

  • Buffettgirl

    Vaporizers kick ASS! ;-P

  • Buffettgirl

    I know a couple of people that are so amazingly ADHD that if they don’t smoke pretty much all day every day they accomplish NOTHING. I like breathing pure oxygen at the dentist after the laughing gas… just until the pain hits that is!

  • Evan

    my dad is a dentist – so i know all about the gas too

  • t3chsupp0rt

    Indeed. They seem more fried.

  • t3chsupp0rt

    Leave that shit to the professionals. If you wouldn’t cook meth, don’t try to make butane hash!

    That is some good shit though. A good way to stretch out the shitty part of the plants into something worthwhile.

    I mean… so I’ve heard… from my friends… from Canada… they’re not my friends anymore… I don’t know what you’re talking about.

    O.o

  • queenpunkr

    Id rather just smoke plain ol Mary Jane…rather not smoke anything treated with butane!!!

  • Texas Ranger

    What I don’t get is…..this is usually a “Hold my Beer” type of dumass accident. So, like, I thought PotHeads were all smart and shit? Did all the Beer drinkers kill themselves out and now we are we breeding dumb dopers to do stupid shit? I need to know so I can warn the kiddos.

  • Defafan

    Ok so their parents never used the garage? Not sure how some teens have a weed factory to get burned up in it in the first place. Burn victims experience the most pain, I actually feel bad for them.

  • Laura_RT

    The question I have is who the hell comes up with this shit? It would never occur to me to risk wasting perfectly good pot on the off chance it might be improved with some butane. It just sounds crazy… That said, I wouldn’t be opposed to trying it, just not making it.

  • ZodiacKiller

    I didn’t know Spawn and Darkman were potheads

  • t3chsupp0rt

    You don’t do it with anything good, you do it with the ‘sugar leaf’ and other assorted trimmings that you wouldn’t want to smoke, but still have some THC.

  • BrittBrittRoss

    Me too, Lol!

  • t3chsupp0rt

    We can’t all be astronauts.

  • ShelbySP

    Okay, I don’t do fun drugs =/ although advair makes it so I can breathe, which I think is extremely fun and recreational.

  • ShelbySP

    I think they actually got broiled.

  • Evan

    i feel similarly about my antiacid drugs

  • Texas Ranger

    I understand, I guess the Pro-Pot-Propaganda really worked on me, From what I gathered from their info was that only smart, creative and ingenious folks can smoke pot…us dummies were doomed to beer and whiskey to blame for our accidents. I learn something new everyday I tell ya.

  • MilfOf2

    Brings a whole new meaning to “burn one”

  • thebossessecretary

    Gotta get my husband to watch the videos but I’m not sure I want him experimenting with all the trimmed leaves….it’s Christmas time, we’re probably losing our health insurance next year, and I’m not sure I want him to spend the holidays at Kern Medical Center. He does have some expendable friends, though….time for a new business plan involving those idiots.

  • MrClayton

    Hello, this is the NSA calling, could you please hold for FBI?

  • t3chsupp0rt

    I’m surprised no one has noticed, from the picture, who the culprit of this crime really, obviously was.

    Pitbull. Mystery SOLVED.

  • t3chsupp0rt

    And listen to Christmas music for an hour?! As if!

  • MrClayton

    But it is Mannheim Steamroller, everyone likes Mannheim Steamroller.

  • t3chsupp0rt

    If you’re looking for something to do with trim, tincture is far safer to make, and you don’t have to smoke it. Honey based, it’s WONDERFUL in some hot tea :)

  • t3chsupp0rt

    OK fine… I’ll hold…

  • thebossessecretary

    Pot doesn’t make you stupid enough to light a cigarette in a garage full of butane fumes. You have to be born that way.

  • Der Mac

    You’re certainly right about milk being full of chemicals in the States

  • Der Mac

    Not so easy to do in the middle of Brooklyn

  • Aussie Sabbath

    Flash-fried?

  • JohnQknowitall

    Why would anybody want a marijuana product more powerful than the strains produced today? Stupid and dangerous to these two “chemists” and their neighbors in an attempt to create the unnecessary.

  • Kelly Eklectusbird

    who said they lived with parents?

  • Aussie Sabbath

    I didn’t even know you could make pot explode! I thought that was only meth that blows up.
    Hmm, you learn something new everyday :S

  • Aussie Sabbath

    The mum seemed to know what was going on. Perhaps she got a cut of the deals.
    I’d say, because the girl is 17, that she still lives with her mum. Otherwise how would two teenagers pay the rent? McDonalds doesn’t pay all that much.

  • Andrea Pizzuto

    I know someone who makes this stuff, it’s insane. I smoke weed pretty much every day, but this blows it out of the water. I took a hit and I was watching postgame on a bears game for an hour before I realized it was fucking retarded. But yes, surprise surprise, flammable liquids have flammable vapors.

  • AssWho?

    You can use almost any source of thc, plant trimmings, stems, vape leftovers, hell even resin. The butane dissolves and un-bonds just the thc from all the other crap that doesn’t give you the munchies’s. Leaving you with damn near pure thc………. but as with all things in life the better the ingredients = the better the finished product.

    You can top a bowl, spike a cigarette or put on a cracker…( if you eat it and wait 45 mins-2 hours for full effect, And hang on for the next 6 hours). First time/social users may want to be very weary of combining with alcohol…getting “krunk” is just fancy talk for dizzy/nauseous as hell.

  • ms.shani313

    What is wax? Sorry I am not hip to this stuff..

  • ms.shani313

    Lol… I wouldn’t do drugs again either

  • ms.shani313

    What Is wax?

  • ms.shani313

    Didn’t mean to add pics.. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing.. now I can’t remove..guess I should ask how to do that also…

  • Cory

    Yes I love my volcano best investment you can make. And once it becomes 100% legal I’m gonna invest every extra cent into the vapo stock market its gonna be boooming like this sticky icky I got haha

  • Evan

    run a solvent through ground weed (i.e. the butane). this strips the chemical that gets you high from the plant matter. this solvent goes into a dish. this solvent vaporizes at room temperature. what is left is wax. it is some 90% potentency compared to some 20% potency that the plant matter was. but never do it inside or you’ll blow up because the fumes are heavier than air and just pool up in an enclosed area

  • Evan

    if one runs a solvent through ground weed (i.e. the butane). this strips the
    chemical that gets you high from the plant matter. this solvent goes
    into a dish. this solvent vaporizes at room temperature. what is left
    is wax. it is some 90% potentency compared to some 20% potency that the
    plant matter was. but never do it inside or you’ll blow up because the
    fumes are heavier than air and just pool up in an enclosed area

  • Jessie

    Hey, my weed is at least 30% potent. And I’ll smoke it the way it is, thanks :-p

  • RedScarab

    lol

  • Evan

    nice! Yea I generally smoke it straight – and sprinkle some keef in there at night. wax when i got it tho.

  • Jessie

    I haven’t had the opportunity to try the wax; I’m sure its awesome. Definitely feel you on the keef though! Yummm. That reminds me, I need to make a phone call to a friend, I am running low….

  • Evan

    To be fair, I think the title should be “Marijuana extraction explosion” or “explosion during marijuana processing”….because when i think marijuana explosion, i think of how i feel when I take a huge hit and turn on dark side of the moon or grateful dead.

  • Evan

    i would say most of the pot food i eat is from the butane hash form.

  • Evan

    I’ve done it with the stems I collected..+ leaf + the smaller “popcorn” nuggets near the bottom of the plant

  • Jycorro

    Well I am glad this story was posted. We had someone blow themself up down here. When I head they were using weed I was confused.

  • AssWho?

    Ok this is bothering me, as someone who has made wax via butane extraction method myself for years now. Where did this guy managed to find enough butane to fill a 30gl container? Butane is hard to find local in that quantity, not to mention the hardware needed to handle containment and transfer of that volume of highly pressurized gas.

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    ahh yes Ametuer chemists..har har hardy har

  • phhantom

    HOw stupid do you have to be to light a cigarette in a closed space while making butane dabs?

  • WarriorArtemis

    The same stupid people who try to make ragweed more potent.