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Drug Charge Man Jailed After Tenement Explosion
A man whose botched attempt to make a controlled drug led to an explosion at a Glasgow tenement has been jailed for more than six years.
Emergency services encountered a scene of "absolute carnage'' when they attended the aftermath of the blast in Fairburn Street, in the Tollcross area, in March.
Scott Peden, 30, had been trying to make a concentrated cannabis derivative known as "Shatter'' when the process - which involves butane gas - went wrong.
The resulting explosion seriously injured several people and 50 firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze which ensued.
Residents also had to be evacuated from nearby flats following the blast, which happened shortly before 11pm on Monday March 21.
Peden was sentenced to six years and four months behind bars when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday, Police Scotland said.
He had admitted culpable and reckless conduct and the production of a controlled drug.
Detective Inspector David Stewart, of Shettleston CID, said: "When emergency services attended at the scene of the incident at Fairburn Street they were faced with scenes of absolute carnage.
"There were a number of injured people at the scene following the explosion which had ripped through the front window of the tenement.''
He said an investigation by specialist officers and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service found that Peden had been manufacturing Shatter, or Butane Honey Oil.
"The dangers of this process are well documented, considering the manufacturing process,'' said Mr Stewart.
"Butane gas was passed over herbal cannabis in a pressurised environment. A number of other butane canisters were stored in the flat.
"An explosion followed as a result of his idiocy.
"I cannot emphasise enough the stupidity of his selfish actions.
"It borders on the miraculous that his neighbours, his friends within the flat and Peden himself were not more seriously injured, or indeed killed, as a consequence.''
The second meeting of a Ministerial Working Group to examine building and fire safety regulatory frameworks was held on Wednesday.
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