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A mysterious man and a small can of gasoline are behind an explosion that rocked a downtown Toronto Tim Hortons, killing him and causing a city block's evacuation.
"The scene indicates a very intense, very hot flash fire that took place at that location," Police Chief Bill Blair told reporters.
"He's not a strap-on, al Qaeda bomber guy," Toronto Police Staff Sgt. Don Cole said Sunday evening. "It sounds to me like a guy who either wanted to do a torch job or commit suicide."
There is no word yet on what caused the gasoline to ignite. The fire marshal's office will join the investigation.
A very similar incident took place in a Starbucks coffee shop in San Francisco on January 9th 2006. In the San Francisco incident, police defused a pipe-bomb placed in the washroom of the Starbuck's store.
What authorities thought was a bomb in a Starbucks coffee shop turned out to be a flashlight casing, police said Thursday.