Ex­plod­ing car ‘sounded like gun­shots’

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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.”

PHOTO: RE­BECCA LOLLBACK

GUT­TED: The car well alight in Dee­gan Dr, Al­stonville, yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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