Police warning after explosion: 'Making a bomb can kill'
POLICE are warning people about the dangers of home-made bombs after a loud explosion near the 41st Battalion Army headquarters in East Lismore yesterday morning.
Richmond Local Area Command acting crime manager Detective Inspector Dave Mackie said police, police rescue and NSW Fire and Rescue Lismore raced to the scene at 9.50am after a witness at the barracks called police after hearing the explosion come from the Airforce Rd area.
"The witness looked up to see a large plume of smoke and saw two young males with skateboards walking away from the area," he said.
"Police searched the area and located some fragments of a sparkler bomb or similar.
"Several fragments of red plastic bottle with black tape around a cap with burn marks were recovered."
No one was injured and no property was damaged.
The incident comes just over a month after 15-year-old Michael Boggan lost both hands when a home-made bomb exploded in the backyard of a home at Leichhardt, near Ipswich, west of Brisbane.
Police are warning anyone considering trying to make bombs that they are illegal and could be fatal.
Det Insp Mackie said home-made explosives could be very dangerous, unstable and could injure the maker of the device, innocent people nearby or damage property.
Anyone with any information on the incident is urged to phone Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.