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Charges laid after homemade explosives were found, detonated in a mall north of Toronto

Written by Javed Iqbal

A 19-year-old faces several charges after a homemade explosive was detonated in a mall in the York region on Wednesday.

Police say they were called to the food court in the Upper Canada Mall, located near Yonge Street and Davis Drive, around 6 p.m. 18.45

When officers arrived, they found a “homemade fire extinguisher,” police said.

According to police, the device had been detonated. No one was physically injured.

Investigators later found that a male suspect had arrived at the food court, placed the device in a plant box and then fled the scene.

A suspect was arrested shortly after with the help of the dog unit.

Toronto resident Michael Gatdula, 19, has been charged with several offenses related to the incident, including arson with manslaughter, illegal possession of explosives and use of explosives for the purpose of destroying property and possession to endanger life.

The charges have not been proven in court and no further details about the incident have been released.

In a press release issued Thursday, investigators reminded residents that if they see anything unusual or suspicious, they should call police immediately.

“All precautions should be taken when suspicious devices or packages are found,” officials said in a statement.

“Do not handle any material that may be dangerous or explosive, evacuate the area and call 9-1-1 immediately.”

Police say the investigation is ongoing and are asking anyone with information to contact them or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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