Bomb squad moves ‘explosive device’ from near Hastings house


THE BOMB Squad took away an “explosive device” from outside a Hastings house, 12.30pm, Sunday.

Hendersons Rd was blocked off for several hours when police isolated the “smouldering object” believed to have been thrown from a car.

The object was later taken away for forensic examination.

Mornington Peninsula CIU detectives on Monday could not discount the theory that the package was a bunch of sparklers taped together and lit – or whether it was something more dangerous.

Detective Senior Constable Shane Moodie said it was unclear why the device was placed outside a particular house. Senior Sergeant Peter Drake said police took the potential danger seriously. The area was made a crime scene and cordoned off.

“We are not sure what the person’s intentions were because the home-made device was away from the house in the tree-line, but there may be something more behind it,” he said.

Detective Senior Constable Brooke Manley, of the Arson Squad, said she could not say what the device was made from, but that it was the subject of an “active forensic examination”.

“It is a strange situation and we are appealing for witnesses to come forward,” she said.

First published in the Western Port News – 6 June 2017


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