Man threatens to blow himself up
An Alliston man has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after threatening to blow himself up in his propane-loaded car on Highway 400 early yesterday.
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Heavily armed tactical officers finally fired tear gas canisters into the car shortly before 2:30 a.m. after a tense five-hour standoff that forced police to close the highway.
The incident began about 9:30 p.m. Monday when a man pulled his car to the side of Highway 400, south of Aurora Road, and threatened to blow it up when the next transport truck passed.
The car was loaded with propane tanks, police said. York Region police and its emergency response unit were joined by the OPP and Toronto police emergency task force members in closing the highway between Highway 9 and Major Mackenzie Drive.
York negotiators tried to talk the man into giving up peacefully, but he refused to co-operate, said Const. Marina Orlovski.