Homemade bombs pose serious threat

By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GLADSTONE residents continue to be endangered by homemade bombs after two were left in public places last week.

Gladstone police warned residents of the dangers and legal consequences of homemade bombs, although fortunately nobody was injured in these recent events.

Senior Constable Mia Hubert said one device exploded sometime last Monday morning, damaging property and the other, discovered Wednesday night, did not explode.

Snr Const Hubert warned improvised explosive devices were very volatile and could place the community and the police in a dangerous situation.

For this reason, she said, police responded to such incidents very seriously and treated the investigation as a bomb threat.

Anyone making homemade bombs not only risked serious injury to themselves but also faced serious legal consequences which may include offences of arson, wilful damage and possession of an explosive device.

Anyone who came across a suspicious device was warned to stay well clear of the device and the area and to contact Gladstone police on 4971 3222, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Police are also seeking information on the two recent bomb incidents.



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