Partington and New Hampshire State Fire Marshal William Degnan said butane honey oil, or BHO, labs are becoming more common around the country.
“It’s really becoming more of a trend,” Partington said. “We have begun to get them right here in New Hampshire.”
Partington, who did not investigate the Londonderry case, said he knows of several BHO labs found in the Granite State in the last year.
Degnan, the state’s top fire official, is concerned about the several labs he has seen in New Hampshire in the last year. He first started seeing BHO labs a year ago, but has yet to witness an explosion or serious injuries.
The most recent BHO lab he saw was in Henniker three weeks ago, Degnan said. The labs are commonly found in motel rooms and near college campuses, he said.
“The biggest risk is the chance of a flash fire,” Degnan said. “They are exposing a lot of innocent people to a flash fire.”
That’s definitely been the case in other parts of the United States, Partington said.
“Across the country, they’re encountering burns and explosions because of the BHO labs,” Partington said.
Olson and Londonderry police Chief William Hart said dangerous drug labs aren’t something they often see, especially BHO labs.
“This is obviously a concern and something we haven’t seen before in Londonderry in a great while,” Hart said.
Brandon Castiglione turned himself to police Oct. 4 and was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled/narcotic drug and single counts of unlawful manufacture of a controlled drug, possession of a controlled/narcotic drug with intent to distribute, and unlawful possession of alcohol and intoxication.
He was arraigned that day in 10th Circuit Court, where Judge John Coughlin set his bail at $100,000 cash. The judge set a high bail because Brandon Castiglione violated his bail conditions on previous drug possession charges, Olson said.