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Man, 19, charged after police say homemade explosive set off in Newmarket, Ont., mall

Written by on June 23, 2022

NEWMARKET, Ont. — A 19-year-old man is facing multiple charges after police say a homemade explosive went off in the food court of a mall in Newmarket, north of Toronto.

York Regional Police say they were called to a mall near Yonge Street and Davis Drive around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday and found a homemade explosive that had detonated.

They say no one was hurt.

Police allege the suspect placed the explosive in a planter box and took off before officers arrived.

They say the canine unit tracked him down shortly afterward.

The suspect is charged with several offences, including arson with disregard for human life, use of explosive with intent and unlawful possession of explosives.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 23, 2022.

The Canadian Press