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Man charged after explosive device detonated in Newmarket shopping center


York Regional Police have arrested a man after an improvised explosive device detonated in a food court in the Newmarket shopping center on Wednesday.

Police said they have charged Michael Gatdula, 19, of Toronto, with eight counts, including arson and the use of explosives.

Officers were called to a food court at a shopping center near Yonge Street and Davis Drive in Newmarket around 6.45pm on Wednesday. Police allege the man put a homemade incendiary device in a planter at the food court and then fled before officers arrived.

No one was physically injured when the explosive detonated, police said. Investigators were able to locate what was left of the device.

The York Police Canine Unit was able to locate the suspect near Eagle Street West and Davis Drive shortly thereafter, police said.

Police say the investigation is still ongoing and are asking anyone with information to contact them at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7141 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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