CBD DRAMA

PO­LICE HUNT CITY LANE BOMBER

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS MCMA­HON chris. mcma­hon@ news. com. au

A HOME­MADE bomb, be­lieved to be made of chem­i­cals in a Red Bull can, ex­ploded on a CBD street as a group of men walked close by.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way into who placed the ex­plo­sive in front of City Lane in Flin­ders St on Au­gust 3, with of­fi­cers scour­ing se­cu­rity cam­era footage.

Se­nior po­lice have de­scribed the in­ci­dent as se­ri­ous and be­lieve the ex­plo­sion could have caused se­vere in­juries.

“Any­one in the gen­eral vicin­ity of that can at the wrong time would have been se­ri­ously hurt,” Se­nior Sergeant Damien Ahearn said.

A HOME­MADE bomb, be­lieved be made of chem­i­cals in a Red Bull can, ex­ploded on the city’s busiest street as a group of men walked close by.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way into who placed the ex­plo­sive in front of City Lane in Flin­ders St on Au­gust 3, with of­fi­cers scour­ing se­cu­rity cam­era footage.

Video from the dashcam of a pass­ing mo­torist shows the ex­plo­sion, about 9.20pm, throw­ing a cloud of mist into the air ( pic­tured), with wit­nesses telling po­lice it was “ex­tremely loud”.

Se­nior po­lice have de­scribed the in­ci­dent as se­ri­ous and be­lieve the ex­plo­sion could have se­ri­ously in­jured nearby din­ers or pedes­tri­ans.

“That ex­plo­sion has caused a lot of noise, there’s po­ten­tial for the shards of metal to have gone through the air,” Townsville Po­lice Sta­tion of­fi­cer- in­charge act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Damien Ahearn said.

“Any­one in the gen­eral vicin­ity of that can at the wrong time would have been se­ri­ously hurt as a re­sult of what’s oc­curred.”

Po­lice are test­ing the rem­nants of the ex­plo­sive.

“No cords or wires were emit­ting from the can,” SenSgt Ah­ern said. “Even though in­quiries are still be­ing con­ducted, it’s our opin­ion … some­one has placed some sort of chem­i­cal in­side that has caused it to ex­plode.

“We don’t have any firm sus­pects at this time. We are mon­i­tor­ing some CCTV that has been recorded … and we’re also ask­ing peo­ple that may have been driv­ing nearby or gen­eral vicin­ity to con­tact us with in­for­ma­tion.”

Josh Kon­ing, from the Sakana sushi bar in City Lane, told the Bul­letin work­ers from his res­tau­rant said they had heard an ex­plo­sion last Thurs­day night, but had no idea it was an “im­pro­vised de­vice”.

“The two girls who were work­ing heard a loud ex­plo­sion when the res­tau­rant was fairly empty,” Mr Kon­ing said. “I think there was one per­son left in­side, they came out to have a bit of a look and see if they could see what it was.

“It’s a bit con­cern­ing. They thought it might have been a street light ex­plod­ing or put it down to some­thing else.”

Call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

THERE’S PO­TEN­TIAL FOR THE SHARDS OF METAL TO HAVE GONE THROUGH THE AIR TOWNSVILLE PO­LICE SE­NIOR SERGEANT DAMIEN AHEARN

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