'Elaborate' cannabis growhouse uncovered at scene of fatal Louth explosion

A man in his 20s died as a result of the blast

'Elaborate' cannabis growhouse uncovered at scene of fatal Louth explosion

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Updated: 14.15

Gardaí say they have discovered an 'elaborate' cannabis cultivation plant in Drogheda at the scene of a fatal explosion last night.

It happened at The Cottages in the Beaulie area.

One 28-year-old man was killed in the explosion at the house, while another man is in hospital with serious injuries to his face, body and legs after.

A woman in her 20s is also in hospital with less serious injuries.

All three are Lithuanian nationals.

It's believed a boiler exploded in the living room of the house.

An estimated €150,000 worth of cannabis plants were found at the growhouse at the back of the house.

Superintendent Andrew Watters said they're appealing for witnesses to last night's explosion.

He explained that the growhouse was 'very professional and very elaborate', with up to 200 mature cannabis plants.

No connection has been established between the growhouse and the explosion.

Sniffer dogs have arrived on site along with Garda technical teams.

The body of the deceased man has been removed to the mortuary at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for a post-mortem.

Gardaí say enquiries are ongoing.

Additional reporting: Sean Defoe