A southwest Miami-Dade home used to grow marijuana was deemed unsafe Sunday after a powerful explosion a day earlier lifted parts of the roof off.
The fate of the home, at 6355 SW 151st Pl., will be left to the county’s building department.
The Saturday morning blast caused the roof to lift off the home, before coming back down. Windows were blown out, roof tiles shattered and insulation went flying. A long crack stretched from one side of the home to the other.
It’s unclear if anyone inside the house was injured in the blast; the residents fled before police arrived.
Sunday morning, investigators were at the home. Authorities said the home had been rented. The landlord has been notified.
“The neighbors were the ones that called in an explosion that occurred at this house,” Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta explained.
Daisy Saballos was walking to her car two blocks away when she heard a loud “boom.”
“It sounded like a bomb,” she said.
Neighbor Orlando Martinez said it felt like he was in an earthquake.
“We were laying in bed awake and all of the sudden our house immediately just rumbled and shook,” Martinez said.
Another neighbor Annette Chicoy said she could smell the odor of marijuana from outside her home Saturday afternoon.
Police have not been able to determine how many plants are inside, what chemicals or what exactly caused the blast.
“They have chemicals, a lot of different types of vapor in there,” Zabaleta said. “They use electricity they stole from the company. When you combine all these elements it creates a formula for disaster.”
Police say by the time they arrived, the people inside the home had driven away from the large grow house.
“This is something we can’t allow within our residences,” Zabaleta said. “Our children can be in danger. A lot of innocent people are in danger.”
If anyone has any information about the grow house renters, contact Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-8477.