'It sounded like a shotgun': Marijuana-laced soda recalled over exploding glass bottles


Marijuana-infused soda had to be removed from a Washington pot store because the glass bottles were exploding.

Legal Soda, made by Longview-based Mirth Provisions, was on the shelves at Top Shelf Cannabis, in Bellingham, only one day when all hell broke loose.

Staff flipped on the lights last Monday to find broken bottles, shards of glass and sticky soda everywhere, KOMO reported.

The employees had no idea the bottles had self destructed until one exploded as they cleaned up.

"It sounded like a shotgun going off," store manager Zach Henifin told the station. "You can actually feel it, it was that explosive."

Workers quickly brought the remaining boxes of the explosive pot to a dumpster out back where bottles continued to explode rockets.

"It's almost like bomb box because they randomly go off during the day," said Henifin.

No staffers were injured, but 10 bottles of the stuff were sold to customers. It is not known if the individuals who bought the soda were injured.

A spokesperson for Mirth Provisions blamed the problem on excessive carbonation caused by putting too much yeast in the bottles.

"It was simply the fact that his batch had a higher yeast concentration, and one of the by-products of yeast is excess carbon dioxide,' Adam Stites told KOMO." "The yeast was just building up the pressure in the bottles over a seven to 10 day period."

Other area stores also reportedly had to cope with exploding soda bottles. The company has offered refunds to all affected businesses and people.

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