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2 charged following explosion at carnival
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Two employees of the Geren Carnival were arrested after police said they made a homemade chemical explosive device at the site of the carnival in the Lakeshore Mall parking lot.

According to a news release, Gainesville Police officers went to the mall parking lot at 3:46 a.m. Monday after receiving a call about a suspicious item near the carnival.

Officers found a plastic two-liter bottle that contained a homemade chemical explosive device that had already detonated.

There was no damage to property and no one was seriously injured in the incident. One employee of the carnival complained of burning to his throat and eyes, but did not require medical attention.

Two Gainesville residents and employees of the carnival, Brett Davis, 19, and Andrew Leslie, 24, have been arrested and charged with reckless conduct.