UPDATE: NEIGHBOURS of a Helidon Spa man seriously injured by a home made pipe bomb say it was an unfortunate accident waiting to happen.
Warren Allston, 44, is in a critical but stable condition in Toowoomba Hospital today after receiving extensive injuries to his stomach area when a home made pipe bomb exploded on a Snelling Road property about 6pm yesterday.
He was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on his wounds after the explosion.
Neighbours Lisa, 13, and Rob Freiberg, 19, said they had become used to hearing loud explosions from Mr Allston’s property.
Miss Freiberg said she understood the bomb was made from the dust from toy sparklers stored inside a steel casing.
“One of his toy bombs he likes to play with went off,” Mr Freiberg said.
Other neighbours expressed their concern for the Mr Allston’s wellbeing but confirmed loud explosions could commonly be heard emanating from his property.
“I don’t like to see him hurt but it had to happen sooner or later,” a neighbour who didn’t want to be identified said.
UPDATE: A home made bomb has been identified as the source of an explosion that left a 44-year-old man with extensive stomach injuries.
At 6.15pm emergency crews attended a private property on Snelling Road at Helidon Spa after reports of a large explosion.
The man was found unconscious and not breathing.
His condition was that life-threatening a doctor had to be escorted down the Range by police to stabilise him before he was transported to Toowoomba Hospital for emergency surgery.
The man is expected to recover from his injuries.
Police investigations are continuing.
Fifteen minutes later after responding down the Range, emergency personnel were called to John Trousdell Memorial Park, Cotswold Hill, to a four-year-old boy found unconscious at the playground.
Initial reports suggest the child had been playing on the jungle gym equipment when somehow the strap on his helmet became entangled with the equipment hanging him in the air.
The child was rushed to Toowoomba Hospital in a critical condition.
Late last night he was airlifted by CareFlight to the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane where his condition is listed as critical.
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