4:30pm UPDATE: CP24 has tweeted that a 36-year-old Toronto man has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking following the explosion at the condo.
Original story: Though early reports had pegged it as a “gas explosion,” police sources are now saying the condo suite that exploded in Liberty Village Monday night showed signs of being a drug lab.
According to reports, the explosion took place around 6:45 p.m.in the kitchen area of a sixth floor unit at 85 East Liberty St. A man in his mid-30s suffered minor burns to his face and hands and was taken to hospital. He is now in police custody.
Toronto Fire Services said the force of the explosion was so great that the the elevator doors were blown out as well as a number of windows.
The explosion clearly spooked many Liberty Village residents and some speculated on social media whether instances of drug-related fires were more common in the dense, urban neighbourhood.
While reports of grow-ops in large subdivisions are generally more common in the news, Toronto has seen similar situations before. In July 2012, Toronto Police discovered three meth labs in a Scarborough condo near Ellesmere Road and McCowan Avenue. In 2009, a drug lab was discovered in a unit at Fort York Boulevard and Fleet Street along with $1.3-million worth of drugs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:
And now apparently this is the second drug-related fire in 18 months? and there was that raid on the townhomes a while back too?
— Gianna (@petrock915) November 18, 2014
Wow, officials say that the door to the Liberty Village unit that exploded last night was found four floors below on elevator shaft.
— Justine Lewkowicz (@JustineLewkowic) November 18, 2014
So there was an explosion in my condo building and nobody is telling us anything. http://t.co/YsCGYFich2