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Pot boom, and a case of broken art (UPDATED)

Another day, another spurt of weird South Florida crime news.

First in Westchester, where an explosion inside a home led to some heroic good Samaritan efforts Tuesday morning. A man with a prosthetic leg jumped a fence to help another man burned in the explosion. Meanwhile, someone else had been dumping pool water on the injured man.

What caused the explosion? Unclear, but cops think the house was a hydroponics grow lab (they found charred pot plants inside). Herald writers Erika Beras and David Smiley have the full story.

Tuesday evening, police found the high-end glass artwork that had been stolen last week from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Except, the sculptures valued at $75,000 won't be going back on display -- they were broken into pieces and dumped in a vacant lot in Coral Gables.

The late-breaking story should be posted online any minute. If you don't see it on the homepage, type "Chihuly" into the search engine.

**Update, 2:58 p.m. Wednesday: The story is posted here, and we just got a response from Chihuly, via an e-mail from his spokeswoman, Janet Makela:

"We have been informed that the Chihuly artwork has been found and unfortunately vandalized. But the malicious acts of some should not detract from the enjoyment of many. Fairchild continues to do an extraordinary and professional job in support of the Chihuly exhibition which Dale was happy to bring back to the garden for the second consecutive year."

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