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Man burned in explosion, fire at Bryan Co. marijuana grow site

An explosion and fire was reported Thursday morning at H&P Farms in Mead, Oklahoma.
An explosion and fire was reported Thursday morning at H&P Farms in Mead, Oklahoma.(KXII)
Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 11:15 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 11:22 AM CDT
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MEAD, Okla. (KXII) - An explosion at a marijuana farm in Mead set a man on fire and injured a first responder.

Just after 10 a.m. Thursday morning, fire crews were called out to H&P Farms in Mead for an explosion that left the owner, Harold Lowcy, severely burned and flown to a Plano hospital.

“It was called out as an explosion with a structure on fire and when we got here the structure was fully involved,” Hall said.

H&P Farms in Mead is a licensed medical marijuana grow facility.

Workers said a spark from one of the chillers caused liquid butane to explode.

Workers said there is at least 300 gallons of liquid butane in the building.

“Just when we got here there was propane tanks popping off so that’s about all we were worried about was another explosion,” Hall said.

Lowcy is the only person working there who was hurt, everyone else was able to make it out of the building.

Lowcy himself was on fire, but witnesses said he put himself out, and had a coworker drive him to the hospital before fire rescue crews arrived.

He was transferred to a Plano hospital.

“It was contained to that one building the main building and nothing else was harmed,” Hall said.

Fire crews from all over Bryan County were called out to the scene.

The fire was out within an hour after the explosion.

“Just pay attention, there’s plenty of them around, just need everybody to pay attention and do what they need to do take care of themselves so this doesn’t happen again,” Hall said.

A West Bryan County fireman was also burned on his ears and hands trying to put out the fire but News 12 was told his injuries are minor.

H&P Farms is located off of Mead Cemetery Road just south of U.S. Highway 70.

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