Brooklyn Teens Injured in Wax Explosion Facing Criminal Charges

Brooklyn Teens Injured in Wax Explosion Facing Criminal ChargesImage via CBS2

The Brooklyn teenagers who were badly injured while trying to make "wax" in Brooklyn yesterday morning are facing serious criminal charges. Both 19-year-old Anthony Gamble and 17-year-old Gabriella Katanov have been charged with marijuana possession, reckless endangerment and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Both have been charged as adults. 

Around 2:20 a.m. yesterday morning, an explosion took place inside of a Brooklyn garage where Gamble and Katanov were soaking a 30-gallon tub of marijuana in butane. The blast reportedly happened when one of them lit a cigarette, leaving both with second and third-degree burns. 

Gamble and Katanov were rushed to Staten Island University North Hospital. Battalion Chief Steven Treco said the teens suffered "major burns to a major portion of their bodies," and Katanov's mother, Luba Poukhova, said her daughter's injuries could keep her in the hospital for as long as a year.

"Wax" is a popular and extremely potent marijuana concentrate, but the highly-flammable chemicals used to extract the THC make it danger in certain instances. This is one of those instances.

[via Gothamist]

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