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18146 – Incident involving butane hash oil (BHO)

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I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 16th October 2018

Please find below a summary of our findings.


A recent news article ( and reported on the number of incidents involving butane hash oil (BHO) – also known as “honey oil”, “dabs” or “shatter” – which have led to callouts due to fires, explosions etc.

Within this context, for each of the last five financial years (including 2018/19):

  • How many incidents/callouts have been linked with BHO production?
  • How many (a) fatalities and (b) did these incidents result in?


Between 01/04/2012 and 01/10/2018, there have been 4 incidents attended that have been linked to the suspected production of BHO.

There have been zero fatalities.

Please be aware of the following;

  • As we don’t have BHO as a cause of fire/incident, I can only search the incident log for key words. The key words I searched for were ‘BHO’, ‘cannabis’, ‘oil’, ‘butane’, ‘hash’, ‘honey’, ‘dabs’ and ‘shatter’. After the search I could only find three incidents where it was obvious the incident was caused by the production of BHO.
  • There may have been other incidents of this nature which haven’t appeared in my findings, this may be due to spelling mistakes, abbreviations or if any other wording has been used or we have attended another brigade area.

If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

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