Cannabis Oil Explosion MICHEL LALONDE Carleton Fire Victim in Cornwall MARCH 30, 2017


Cornwall, ON – A 49-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on March 29th, 2017 and charged with assault with a weapon, criminal harassment and breach of undertaking for communicating with his ex-girlfriend and for failing to keep the peace. It is alleged during February and March, 2017 the man communicated with his ex- girlfriend despite his conditions and on one occasion hit her in the face with a snowball. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. During the investigation the man was taken into custody, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing. His name was not released as it would identify the victim in the matter.


Cornwall, ON – Mohammad El Fechtali, 45 of Pierrefonds, QC. was arrested on March 29th, 2017 and charged with threats. It is alleged the man threatened someone he worked with and police were contacted to investigate. During the investigation the man was taken into custody, charged accordingly and released to appear in court at a later date.


Cornwall, ON – As a result of an investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshall the cause of the fire at a Carleton Street address on March 26th, 2017 in which 67-year-old Michel Lalonde died has been determined to be directly linked to illegal drug activity. It is alleged on March 26th, 2017 the use of volatile substances to extract cannabis resin from marijuana were ignited causing an explosion. As the result of an ongoing investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division into the incident Andrew Ross, 27 of Cornwall was arrested on March 29th, 2017 and charged with the following:

  • Criminal negligence causing death
  • Arson – disregard for human life
  • Arson – damage to property
  • Occupant damaging a building
  • Mischief
  • Possession of psilocybin (mushrooms)
  • Property obtained by crime (cash)
  • Possession of an explosive device
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of cannabis resin
  • Breach of probation (possession of explosive substance, fail to keep the peace)

Ross was then held pending a bail hearing.

The Cornwall Community Police Service would like to remind the public that the investigation is ongoing and if they have any information about this incident including any photos or videos of the fire to contact D/Cst. MacKay at 613-933-5000 ext 2789 or CELL # 613-577-0576.


  1. How did Andrew Ross not have a charge of manslaughter in with his other charges? I checked and manslaughter would be more fitting charge than criminal negligence causing death.

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    Hugger I don’t see any intent. Manslaughter generally shows an intent to harm; not to murder. An example might be that you intended to beat someone up, but they died. If there was no intent to harm I’m not sure you can go to manslaughter. Have you looked it up in the criminal code?

  3. Cornwall like Ottawa is full of drugs and people here in Ottawa look like a bunch of druggies where they cannot even walk properly and the driving is so mighty dangerous. Legalizing marijuana will make things a great deal worse on the roads and I dread to see this happen. People are completely insane nowadays and not fit to live near any of them. I wish that I was not born into this society.

  4. Jules I fail to see how legalizing will make things on the roads “a great deal worse”. Those who are going to smoke and drive, are already doing so. I don’t see that changing. I am much more worried about drinking and driving than smoking and driving.

  5. I guess it depends on the definition. The definition I saw said manslaughter was without intent.

  6. John Rivington both booze and marijuana are intoxicating substance and both kill. There was this Lebanese man that my husband and I knew who drove taxi under the influence of marijuana and lost control of the vehicle sometimes. He died some years ago because of all the garbage that he was putting in his system.

  7. I tend to agree that the number of cannabis influenced drivers will likely remain constant. However the number one cause of death on our highways is linked to cell phone use while driving. I am amazed at the number of idiots on the roads that feel they are the exception.

  8. Totally agree with stateme.nts by David Oldham

  9. I do see the odd idiot who uses their cell phones while driving and I don’t drive but if I did I couldn’t concentrate on the road and listen to the call at all. People are very distracted and yes that is another reason for all the crashes. People here in Ottawa race and for what when they reach the light they are there until it changes and they didn’t get further ahead. They are nuts.

  10. John Rivington when marijuana is legalized then the people will use it like a regular cigarette and get high and drive on the roads and kill innocent people. Yes they sure do it illegally but when it is legal they will think that they are entitled to get behind the wheel and drive while impaired and watch the cops going nuts over all of this as well as the insurance companies.

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