Police detonate ‘homemade explosive device’ found on footpath in Oshawa, Ont.

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Police detonated a “homemade explosive device” found on a footpath in Oshawa, Ont., and are looking for a group of males seen igniting it on surveillance video.

Durham Regional Police responded to a report of a suspicious device on the footpath, which runs from Greenwood Avenue and Marquette Avenue, at about 9:30 a.m. Monday.

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Sgt. Bill Calder said the explosive was made out of a can of paint thinner that had aerosol cans taped to it and a wick was used to ignite it.

He said a group of young males were seen on camera lighting the device around 2 a.m. Sunday and getting excited after it caught fire, before running from the area across Greenwood Avenue to Park Road South.

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Although there was no pedestrian traffic on the footpath, Calder said the DRPS Explosive Disposal Unit detonated the device as a precaution.

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Park Road South was shut down while investigators made sure the device was safe to approach.

Anyone with new information is asked to contact police at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2704 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at

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