The Albuquerque Journal reports…
SANTA FE – Two men are in critical condition after an explosion Thursday afternoon at New Mexicann Natural Medicine’s manufacturing facility in Santa Fe, the second explosion injuring workers at the plant in the last five years.
According to the state Department of Health, two employees were seriously injured in the explosion at New Mexicann’s location on San Mateo Lane and were transported by air ambulance to a hospital. Their identities were not released.
Jimmy Vigil, New Mexico State Fire Marshal fire investigations bureau captain, said the two men were in intensive care at a hospital in Denver.
Vigil said Thursday’s incident is under investigation. Fire officials obtained two search warrants early Friday morning for camera footage of the dispensary, the cannabis extraction unit and samples within the unit.
There is property damage to the dispensary, but the extent of that damage is unknown, Vigil said.
Santa Fe City Fire Department, the state Department of Health and OSHA are also investigating the fire.
The two employees were burned on their heads and torsos, according to Greg Gurule, spokesman for the Santa Fe Police Department.
DOH said preliminary information indicated the explosion occurred in the immediate vicinity of the company’s chemical extraction equipment. The exact cause of the explosion was under investigation.
David Morgan, DOH spokesman, said the state issued a notice of immediate suspension of New Mexicann’s approval to manufacture cannabis-derived products.
The notice was issued on Thursday to Carlos Gonzales, the company’s executive director, who did not return phone calls from the Journal on Friday.