Kyabram Free Press
Device found in letterbox
“There were about 50 sandbags needed for them to use surrounding the IED (improvised explosive device) and once they’ve detonated, or done whatever they need to do, then they’ll be retaining the sandbags.”
Mr Torney said he had not attended such an event in more than two decades of emergency service.
“I’ve been in the SES since 1998 and we’ve never been called to anything like this. I had to look twice at the pager,” he said.
The first member of the Bomb Response Unit arrived before 3pm and began unloading and placing sandbags near the mailbox containing the device. He was joined at 3.20pm by two more members of the squad driving a large, specialised vehicle.
The three-member team concluded stacking sandbags, then deployed a robot to reportedly x-ray the device.
All other personnel including the majority of police and SES were moved north and south along Bolitho Rd to a distance of about 100 metres away from the ongoing operation.
A member of the Bomb Response Unit was then assisted by his colleagues into bulky protection equipment and he returned to the location of the device.
At approximately 5.40pm, all police, Bomb Response Unit members and half-a-dozen nearby residents were also moved to the 100-metre safe-distance locations and were advised to cover their ears.
The device was remotely detonated at approximately 5.50pm.
Police and the Bomb Response Unit remained on scene to determine the safety of the area.