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Scrap pipe was a bomb waiting to explode

DRAMA: A number of explosives were detonated by the police bomb squad in Clay St, West Ipswich, last year.
DRAMA: A number of explosives were detonated by the police bomb squad in Clay St, West Ipswich, last year. Sarah Harvey

TWO men accused of making more than a kilogram of explosives that maimed an Ipswich teenager last year may face new charges following an explosion that injured a woman in Flinders View at the weekend.

A woman sustained shrapnel injuries to her leg on Sunday when the end of a PVC pipe containing residual amounts of an explosive powder exploded when it fell over.

According to police the 1m long, 100mm pipe was taken by the woman's husband from the West Ipswich property where more than a kilogram of the explosive material was found and destroyed by police.

He had been contracted to help clean up the property.

The amount of explosives in the pipe was so small police believe it would not have been visible to the naked eye.

Believing it wasn't dangerous police believe the man took it, intending to use it as a water tank on his ute.

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Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Heath McQueen said the man left it in the ute's tray for over a year where it had been dropped and rolled around numerous times without exploding.

Over the weekend he attempted to attach it to his ute, the pipe fell over, striking the area where the residual amount of explosives were, and detonated, hurting the woman's leg.

Snr Sgt McQueen said police would consider laying more charges against accused Clay St bomb makers Glenn Charles Dell and Mark Antony Tear following the incident if forensic analysis linked the material. "It's something we're still looking at," he said.

Ipswich police Inspector Dave Preston said video of the bomb squad's work during the incident last year would be reviewed to see if the pipe had been tested and was meant to be destroyed.

Insp Preston said the man and woman involved in Sunday's explosion were "very much innocent victims".

Topics:  home-made bombs



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