STAFF at the West Ipswich homemaker centre on Brisbane St say they weren't "worried" when police told them there was a suspected bomb in the car park.

This is the second time in three years the centre has been cordoned off by police investigating a bomb threat.

"I'm not worried at all," Casual Coffee owner Margie Howard said while standing outside on the main road yesterday.

"We had a bomb threat a couple of years ago."

Casual Coffee owner Margie Howard with staff Courtney Whiting Gemma Harding.
Casual Coffee owner Margie Howard with staff Courtney Whiting Gemma Harding.

In August 2013 a staff member at the same centre called police after finding a golf ball in a garden bed.

The area was locked down and stores evacuated for 30 minutes while police investigated.

It was a false alarm with the golf ball declared harmless.

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But the sighting came after a spate of home-made bomb related incidents; one of which lift a teenage boy seriously maimed when a golf ball packed with explosive powder detonated in his hands.

In May that year the bomb squad was also called in to detonate an explosive found at the Bunnings Warehouse construction site, next door to the Homemaker centre closed today.

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A Clay St resident, Glenn Charles Dell, was convicted in 2015 and sentenced to four years jail for making the golf ball bomb that destroyed the Ipswich teen's hands. 



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