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YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP (WWJ/AP) – An official says thousands of butane canisters, an assault rifle and bags of marijuana were found at a home that exploded in Michigan.

Police say the home destroyed Sunday in Washtenaw County County’s Ypsilanti Township, east of Ann Arbor, was part of a marijuana trafficking investigation that included four Michigan counties.

The home, however, exploded before the raid could take place.

Township Fire Marshal Vic Chevrette told AnnArbor.com investigators discovered hundreds of boxes containing 15-ounce canisters of butane, which is being investigated as a possible cause of the explosion.

He said a rifle, drugs and a pit bull were found at the scene.

Three people — a man, a woman, and a baby, reportedly survived the explosion. The man was treated at a local hospital, although the extent of his injuries was unclear. A neighbor said the man had been looking for his dog following the blast.

State police said they’ve been working on the 7-month investigation with the help of the ATF and several other organizations.  They say they executed 25 search warrants Monday and seized more than $221,000 in cash, 736 marijuana plants and eight guns at homes and businesses in Wayne, Oakland, Jackson, and Washtenaw Counties.

Several people were arrested.

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