Police in the Sunshine Coast have expressed serious concerns after a spate of letterbox bombings in the area, saying the explosions pose a “serious risk”.
Queensland Police said “it may only be a matter of time before someone is seriously injured”, saying officers have been called to a number of reported explosion incidents over the past month. According to Queensland Police, dozens of letterboxes have been blown up by “crudely constructed” explosives.
On September 28, a woman, 60, in the suburb of Little Mountain called police late at night after her brick letterbox exploded. The force of the explosion was so powerful it “blew the metal front and rear faces of the unit four metres away, destroying the brick and spreading shrapnel through the yard”.
Another device was exploded after being placed at someone’s front door, in the suburb of Mountain Creek.
Police said these have been made of household materials like empty drink cans, sparklers and soda bulbs.
“When detonated, these devices pose a significant risk to both the person who has made it and anyone who happens to be nearby,” Inspector Mark Cordwell said.
“They also cause major damage to property and have a high risk of starting fires,” Inspector Cordwell said.
“I would hate for an elderly person or resident to sustain serious injuries after innocently investigating a disturbance outside their home and being caught in one of these explosions.”
Sunshine Coast residents are being urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.