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OFFENDER’S STAMP: A letterbox in Emerald that bears the burn marks of the small bomb which had been placed inside. ds-2300710-017
OFFENDER’S STAMP: A letterbox in Emerald that bears the burn marks of the small bomb which had been placed inside. ds-2300710-017

LETTER box bombers are on the loose in Emerald.

Incidents in Edgewood Estate, Selma Rise and a small incendiary device being thrown on to the verandah of a home near the skate park last week, have led to a friend of one victim speaking out.

“My point is the community should know this is going on,” said the friend on the condition of anonymity.

“If you see something suspicious or a car, write down the number plate, get a description and give it to police.

“People should be vigilant towards their neighbours because this is a great community to live in, and my friend has been totally floored by what has happened.”

The Central Queensland News has been made aware of the contents and construction of the bomb by police, and will not publish the details, but the ingredients are commonly available on supermarket shelves in Emerald.

Police fear revealing any of the details could lead to copycat attacks.

“My friend came home last week and found the bomb had already exploded in the letterbox,” the friend said.

“Woolies and Coles need to be aware they are selling things that can be made into bombs.

“The whole neighbourhood will be informed about what happened because there is the possibility if someone tries to pull it out of a letter box and it explodes in their hands, they could be maimed.

“Or if it’s their children checking the mail and they pull it out... it could explode in their face.”

The friend said police had advised the offenders could be teenagers with access to a car.

“This is an explosive device and it shouldn’t be dealt with half-heartedly.

“Parents should be aware of where these young people are, and if they’re not, start to take responsibility because it starts at home.

“Know where you children are at night.”

Anyone with information related to these activities can call police on 4983 8100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

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