One couple protects their “stash” increasing your risk of injury or worse.
Not exactly the same punji stakes some of you might be aware of, but the deception and purpose were revealed during a Gresham, Oregon shed fire. Firefighters were called to a fire in Wood Village on 12 October. They arrived to find a significant fire and the residents attempting a knockdown with a garden hose. Once crews extinguished the blaze they became aware of nails sticking out of a fence and stakes in a covered pit.
The residents have a medical marijuana growing operation in their backyard and had deployed these countermeasures after discovering an intruder. The homeowner reports that she tried to alert the firefighters to the traps, but the scene was too chaotic. Firefighters contend that they we not told. Fortunately no one was injured during the firefighting operations.
Whether its a small scale pot hobby or a large scale meth lab, keep an eye out. Booby traps don’t distinguish between a firefighter and an opposing drug dealer.
Also on Backstep Firefighter …
- Rhetorical Lesson No.10
Profiling and Pets – July 19, 2012
- Helmet Cam Perspective: Working Fire, Occupied Dwelling – October 3, 2012
- So Much for That “It’s Not Vacant Until We Search” Ideology – February 6, 2012
- This Day in LODD, Structure Fire History
Fire Keeps RIT from Reaching Probie, Texas 2004 – December 20, 2011
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