Detective-Sergeant Troy Lehmann with a piece of shrapnel removed from a man's arm.
Detective-Sergeant Troy Lehmann with a piece of shrapnel removed from a man's arm.

Man shot himself with 3cm bolt in bomb

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

POLICE are shaking their heads at the stupidity of a 21-year-old Gladstone man who had a bolt embedded in his arm for two days without him knowing after setting off a home-made explosive.

The man, who would not speak to The Observer, was admitted to Gladstone Hospital late last week with a three centimetre bolt lodged between two bones in his forearm.

The man bandaged the wound and took painkillers for two days before seeking medical advice.

Doctors had to retrieve the bolt by entering his arm from the other side and removing it from between the bones.

According to police he was lucky the bolt did not shatter a bone, or worse, shoot through his head killing him instantly. Gladstone Police Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) officer-in-charge Detective Sergeant Troy Lehmann is warning young people of the dangers of making home-made explosives.

'We've had regular reports in the last month of sounds like gunshots, and suspected it was people making improvised explosive devices,' Det Sgt Lehmann said.

He said the devices, usually made from bolts and explosive material, often resulted in shrapnel flying and had the potential to seriously injure, maim, disfigure or kill the maker or an innocent bystander.

He said anyone caught with the devices could face criminal charges.



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