Exploding car ‘sounded like gunshots’
POLICE are investigating after a car was gutted by fire at an Alstonville playground early yesterday.
Firefighters were called to Deegan Dr just before 4am and found the unoccupied car well alight.
Residents living nearby took to social media to vent their anger over the situation and call on anyone who saw suspicious activity to come forward with information.
Simon Plumb posted on Facebook: “Last night ... people broke into my elderly neighbour’s home, stole his phone, wallet and keys ... the car was found burnt out at Geoff Watt Oval.”
A mum and her son, who live just metres from the park, said they woke after hearing what sounded like gunshots.
The woman said her first thought was to protect her son, and then she quickly dialled Triple-0 and went outside to inspect the scene.
“I thought someone was inside (the car) so I started walking towards it, but I don’t know what I was going to be able to do,” she said. “Then it just started exploding, it sounded like gunshots, so I backed away.”
GUTTED: The car well alight in Deegan Dr, Alstonville, yesterday morning.