The next time you consider establishing an illegal marijuana grow operation, there are a few crucial technical elements you must first consider in order to avoid watching the fruits of your labors go up in a cloud of felonious smoke: a heavy-duty power cord should probably be at the top of the list.

Just ask 45-year-old Antonio Dow, who was arrested over the weekend after the shoddy extension cord he used to light his 40 cannabis plants overloaded and turned the apartment he kept behind Barclays Center into a raging Brooklyn bong fire.

Of course, by the time police and firefighters arrived on the scene, the neighborhood in between Dean Street and Pacific Avenue was getting high on Dow’s misery. Captain Peter Rose with the 77th Precinct told reporters that the blaze of glorious ganja produced such an intense community hotbox because all of the pot plants were the size of “small shrubs.”

Firefighters were reportedly able to contain and extinguish the fire in about 20 minutes, and fortunately, for everyone involved, there were no injuries.

A police report indicates that upon investigating the apartment, officers discovered a collection of various bullets, but there was no gun to be found. Interestingly, while Dow was arrested for several criminal offenses, including manufacturing marijuana, he almost had a fighting chance of getting the charges dismissed since his entire inventory technically no longer exists. However, officers also located a marijuana garden in Dow’s backyard, which is one of the reasons why he is currently being held at a local jail on a $10,000 bond.

The moral of the story: Check your power cords, kids!

Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.