Drug labs

Man charged after explosion inside condo blows out elevator doors
CTV News Toronto
Kendra Mangione
18 November 2014

A 36-year-old man has been charged in connection with an explosion at a Toronto condo building that police say may have been caused by a "clandestine drug lab."

First responders were called to a building on East Liberty Street shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Monday after residents reported an explosion. It happened inside a sixth-floor condo unit.

Police say the suspect was seen making his way out of that unit after the blast. He suffered minor burns to his hands and face, and managed to get himself to a hospital. Police say he was treated for his injuries, before being arrested. It is unclear how he managed to walk away from the explosion.

Police say the blast was so powerful it blew out doors and windows of the condo. Police say three elevators across from the unit also came crashing down to the main floor as a result of the blast. The doors of the elevators were also blown out.

Const. David Hopkinson says police suspect the condo unit was the site of a drug lab. Police have not said what kind of drugs may have been involved.
At the time, firefighters were told that it was a stove explosion, Toronto Fire Platoon Chief Kevin Shaw told CP24's Cam Woolley.

Investigators believed natural gas may have caused the explosion, but after examining the scene, they found highly explosive chemicals. The chemicals, including acetone, are often used in making drugs, Shaw said Tuesday.
Officers from the Toronto Police drug squad were investigating at the scene earlier Tuesday.

After the blast, residents of the condo were temporarily evacuated. Capt. Adrian Ratushniak, of Toronto Fire Services, estimates the explosion caused approximately $120,000 in damages.

Andre Hagen has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. He made a brief court appearance Tuesday, and is scheduled to make another one on Friday. It's believed he will face additional charges.

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