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Ottawa man pleads guilty in Orleans explosion

An Ottawa man has pleaded guilty for causing an explosion that destroyed several homes under construction in an Orleans subdivision and injured 12 people last winter.

A massive blast sent a fireball into the air in the early morning hours of Feb. 13, destroying four homes and damaged several other properties in the area. Windows near the blast zone on Blossom Pass Terrace were shattered and debris was spread over a wide radius.

On Thursday, Kody Troy Crosby pleaded guilty to two counts in an Ottawa courtroom: breaking and entering a dwelling under construction and intentionally causing damage by explosion.

Crosby has been sentenced to five years in prison, with credit for time served.

In court documents, Ottawa police alleged Crosby broke into two homes under construction on Blossom Pass Terrace the day before the explosion and removed water heaters, but a natural gas line that was left open later ignited, causing the blast.

This is a developing story. CTV News Ottawa has the latest as it becomes available

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