Bomb Squad detonate explosive found in Peregian

WATCH: Man charged over Peregian bomb scare

WHAT WE KNOW: 

  • Police were called to a domestic dispute at Coolum Beach about 10.30pm on Tuesday where a man threatened a woman with a gun.
  • The man fled the Centenary Heights Rd address.
  • Police found the car the man travelled in at Gweneth Rd, Peregian Beach and searched it.
  • Ammunition and explosives were found in the car.
  • An exclusion zone was set up.
  • A man was found at Coolum Beach this morning and was taken into custody.
  • Experts examined and detonated an explosive.

LATEST:

POLICE have charged a man following an incident in Coolum that occurred overnight.

Around 10.45pm, a man went to a Centenary Height Road address where it is alleged he threatened a woman with a firearm before fleeing the scene.

Specialist police have attended the scene and after three people were removed from a residence, it will be further alleged that a number of suspicious items were found in a vehicle and inside a residence.

A man was taken into custody without incident earlier this morning, and police detonated a device at the property.

A declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act that was made earlier in the day has since been revoked.

A 26-year-old Peregian Beach man has been charged with one count each of threating violence-discharge firearm at night and possession of utensils.

He is due to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court tomorrow.

UPDATE 1PM: WITH one loud boom, it was all over.

An explosive found in a car at Peregian Beach has been detonated by experts.

Police have now reopened streets around a Gweneth Rd home for residents to return to their normally tranquil lifestyle.

The detonation was quick and safe.

Police issued a warning siren, the announced to take cover and then the loud explosion was heard.

Police will now search the property for other suspicious objects.

A firearm allegedly used to threaten a woman at Coolum Beach is yet to be uncovered.


 

Inspector Jon Lewis speaks at Gweneth Rd.
Inspector Jon Lewis speaks at Gweneth Rd. Che Chapman

UPDATE 12.45pm: AN EXPLOSIVE found in a car at Peregian Beach has been detonated by experts.

 

There doesn't appear to be anyone determining which wire has to be cut, the only telling device is the shovel near the bomb squad car.

Inspector Jon Lewis explained the specialist was digging a hole, in which the hand-made explosive would be detonated.

A police spokesman said a soil test had already been done and it was expected the soil would absorb the impact of the device.

"Our understanding is it is placed in a hole with other explosive material and then soil is out on top as it is safely detonated," he said. 

Inspector Lewis said the device resembled the kind of explosive seen in the movies.

"It is a gelignite stick explosive," he said. 

 

UPDATE 11.30am: A LARGER exclusion zone has been created around the of site of an explosive device at Peregian Beach as police draw closer to detonating it.

The big media scrum that has converged on a neighbouring property in the quiet street have all been asked to move back an additional 50 metres.

Inspector Jon Lewis will be providing a media update in five minutes.

UPDATE 11am: POLICE have X-Rayed the explosive device and are waiting for the dog squad to determine how to proceed.

Fire fighters, prepared with protective gear for protection from fire, paramedics and other emergency services are still at the scene.

Neighbours have brought food for the 11-year-old boy, still in his pyjamas, who was called out of his bed by police on a megaphone.

Television helicopters have been flying by the rural residential neighbourhood.
 

UPDATE 10.30am: A POLICE officer dressed in full protective gear has just entered the Weyba Downs property with a view to detonating explosives found on site.

The neighbourhood remains in a state of tension as residents try and work out how their quiet, upmarket suburb became a crime scene.

An 11-year-old boy is still walking around in his pyjamas in a daze after police used a megaphone to call him out of the house in the night. 

He and and his older cousin spent the night in an ambulance.

Inspector Jon Lewis said police were called to a domestic incident in Coolum and then followed him to the Weyba Downs address.

They later found he was not on site.

The discovery of weapons and explosives sparked a wider search.

Inspector Lewis said the man had been apprehended at a Coolum address.
 



UPDATE 10.15AM: A MAN is assisting police with their enquiries following an incident in Coolum last night.

Around 10.30pm, a man attended a Centenary Heights Road address and threatened a woman with a firearm before fleeing the scene in a four-wheel drive.

Police subsequently located the vehicle at a Gweneth Rd, Peregian Beach home and commenced a search.

Three people were safely removed from the home, but the man they were looking for was not there.

The search revealed a number of suspicious items inside the home and in the vehicle.

Specialist officers are examining the scene to determine the nature of the items.

A small exclusion zone around the home was established and a declaration was made under the Public Safety Preservation Act around 11.43pm for the area between Lake Vista Drive, Lakeshort Place, Mary Ann Drive and Emu Mountain Road.

Around 9.20am today, police attended the same Centenary Heights Road address in Coolum as they visited last night and took a man into custody.

Investigations are continuing.

 

UPDATE 10am: EXPERTS are examining explosives found in a car at Weyba Downs connected with a man believed to be involved in an armed domestic dispute. 

Inspector Jon Lewis said officers were called to a domestic disturbance at Coolum overnight. 

"It was believed at the time that a male involved may have been in possession of a firearm," he said.

"Police arrived there and that male person had left that location.

"Police then subsequetnly attended this address were he had been residing."

They were unable to find him there but on searching the vehicle found an amount of ammunition in the vehicle and explosives.

An ordinance team is examining the explosives. 

"They're being X-rayed by our explosives experts and they will give us some advice as to what they may be and whether they're inert or not and what course of action needs to be undertaken to render those safe," Insp Lewis said. 


UPDATE 9.40am: RESIDENTS of a quiet street in the suburb of Weyba Downs, near Peregian Beach are being asked to stay indoors as armed police try and resolve what they are describing as "an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act".

One resident, Jenny Lowe, said the incident started around midnight last night when she was woken up by about three police cars driving into one of the streets near Gweneth Rd.

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"There was a lot of commotion," she said.

"And then about half an hour later we heard a policeman with a megaphone calling out.

"He was using the name of a person (the Daily has decided not to disclose) saying 'get out of bed and make your way to the road.  Your father is here'.

"This went on for about 20 minutes to half an hour. Then it stopped and started again with (the) same sort of words.

"After about another half an hour, the wording changed and they started calling out someone else's name.

"They said 'this is the police, armed police are in the garden, please make yourself known to police'."

This went on for another 20 minutes.

It said a "small exclusion zone was is in place around a residence on Gweneth Rd to allow specialist officers to examine a vehicle which is believed to contain a number of suspicious items".

The declaration is in effect for the area within Lake Vista Dr, Lakeshort Pl, Mary Ann Dr and Emu Mountain Rd.

Residents have been asked to stay indoors and drivers are being told to avoid the area.

Another Gweneth Rd resident, Sandra Valstar, said she saw about five police officers dressed in bullet-proof vests with guns walking in the street when she was driving to the beach at 8.30am.

She was allowed through.

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INITIAL REPORT: Police have declared an emergency situation at Peregian Beach after a vehicle was found containing what are believed to be suspicious items.

A small exclusion zone is in place around a residence on Gweneth Road to allow specialist officers to examine the vehicle.

The declaration is in effect for the area within Lake Vista Drive, Lakeshort Place, Mary Ann Drive and Emu Mountain Road.

Residents are asked to stay indoors and drivers should avoid the area.

There is no further information at this time.



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