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Bomb squad detonates suspicious device at Etobicoke school

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, May 15th, 2017

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A bomb squad has successfully detonated a suspicious device found at St. Eugene Catholic School in Etobicoke on Sunday evening.

After moving the device to a safe location, they attempted to “disrupt” the device twice, without success. It exploded with a loud bang on the third attempt, with sparks and flames continuing to burn for a short while after the detonation.

The school was empty at the time and no evacuations were deemed necessary.

John Yan, the head of communications for the Toronto Catholic District School Board said the incident will not impact classes on Monday.

He added that a number of measures will be in effect at the school overnight, including a security watch that will remain on site throughout the night.

A meeting will be held before classes commence on Monday morning to advise school staff about the incident. A counselling team will also be on hand should any students have questions or concerns regarding the incident.

Six fire trucks, police and a CBRNE team responded to a call regarding a suspicious device at St. Eugene Catholic School around 5:15 p.m.

The call was made by a local area resident who allegedly saw three teenage boys playing with the device in the school yard.

The man reportedly confronted the youths and they ran away, leaving the device behind.

Toronto Police say the device appeared to be homemade. It was approximately the size of a soccer ball and was wrapped in duct tape with a fuse attached.

The contents of the device are unknown, but tests will be conducted to determine if it was dangerous. Depending on the test results, charges could be laid pending further investigation.

Investigators are searching for the three teenagers first seen with the device. They are described as white males, approximately 14 years old and carrying backpacks.

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