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Sunrise Propane found guilty in massive north Toronto explosion

Aerial scene of Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases after it exploded early Sunday morning. A large evacuation was forced for an area a kilometre around the site of the

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Sunrise Propane has been convicted of violating environmental regulations in connection with a 2008 blast in north Toronto that killed a man and forced thousands from their homes.

Courts documents show the company and its directors, Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belshov, have been found guilty of numerous provincial-offences charges in relation to the explosion.

Ontario government lawyers argued training negligence in a fireball that killed employee Parminder Saini, 25, and rained debris on the surrounding area.

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The August explosion displaced some 12,500 and caused millions in property damage.

Court has heard Saini was "incinerated" during a risky truck-to-truck propane transfer, while fellow employee Felipe De Leon escaped from the blast.

A defence lawyer argued that Saini and De Leon had received training and were responsible for the explosion.

The class-action trial against Sunrise, Ben-Moshe and Belahov, started in February 2012. Both directors and the company could face millions of dollars in fines at sentencing.

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