Lawsuit settled over fiery blast at Oregon marijuana extraction facility

The lawsuit filed by a construction worker who was badly burned after an explosion and fire at an Oregon marijuana extraction facility has been settled.

Jacob Magley filed an $8.9 million suit in February 2017 against Jason Oei and William “Chris” West, who leased the Astoria building for growing marijuana and manufacturing butane hash oil, The Daily Astorian reported.

Magley’s attorney, Jonah Flynn, told the newspaper the parties have reached a confidential settlement.

West was a partner in the defunct extraction company, Higher Level Concentrates, and Oei was a manager.

Magley claimed he was working in the basement of the building when butane gas ignited and caused a flash fire in 2016.

He claimed Oei and West were using an open heat source to vaporize concentrated marijuana while making hash oil in an open-ended system.

Oregon regulators fined Higher Level Concentrates $5,300 last year for safety violations related to the incident.

Oei and West, meanwhile, were convicted of felony assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Each received three years of probation.

– Associated Press

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