Boy, 16, charged for throwing firecrackers at people, setting them off on TTC busses

A 16-year-old has been arrested on two counts of 'assault with a weapon' after allegedly setting off a firecracker inside a TTC bus. Carl Hanstke with the latest.

Toronto police have charged a 16-year-old boy after numerous instances in which he threw firecrackers at bystanders and set them off inside a TTC bus.

Authorities said a boy boarded a TTC bus on Wednesday, May 24, in the Guildwood Parkway and Livingston Road area in Scarborough.

The boy allegedly threw firecrackers from the bus into a crowd waiting at a bus stop. Police said the boy exited the TTC bus and boarded a different one.

The same boy lit and threw a firecracker on the bus, and one person sustained minor injuries.

One day later, on May 25, the same boy boarded a TTC bus in Scarborough’s Guildwood neighbourhood, lit a firecracker and threw it. Police said the bus had to be evacuated due to smoke, but no injuries were reported.

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On Thursday, police arrested and charged a 16-year-old boy with three counts of mischief, two counts of assault with a weapon and two counts of possessing a weapon for committing an offence.

The accused is expected to appear in court on July 14, 2023. He was not identified through the province’s Youth Criminal Justice Act.

This is the latest young person charged in a series of reported incidents involving fireworks or firecrackers being set off on TTC busses.

On Wednesday, a 14-year-old girl was charged for setting off a firework on a bus at full capacity in the same Scarborough neighbourhood. That incident was captured on video and shared on social media.

A TTC spokesperson said they had been made aware of other incidences of people being reckless with fireworks, marking multiple confirmed “irresponsible” occurrences of the exact nature in nine days.

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