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Detonations delayed at Burpengary

Police outside a residences at Sophia Street, Burpengary.
Police outside a residences at Sophia Street, Burpengary. Vicki Wood

UPDATE 9AM

Police would like to advise the controlled detonations expected to be undertaken at a Burpengary residence around 8.30am today have been postponed.

The detonations are now expected to take place this afternoon.

The emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) at Burpengary continues to remain in place today.

The PSPA was declared on Wednesday morning after police located suspicious chemicals at a Sophia Street residence. The declared area includes Sophia Street between Station and Henderson Roads, and Merewyn and Jill Streets.

Police including specialist officers and emergency services workers remain on-scene.

Investigations are continuing.

UPDATE 7.25AM  The emergency situation at Burpengary continues to remain in place on Friday with police expected to conduct detonations around 8.30am.

The PSPA was declared on Wednesday morning after police located suspicious chemicals at a Sophia Street residence. The declared area includes Sophia Street between Station and Henderson Roads, and Merewyn and Jill Streets.

Controlled detonations are expected to be undertaken at the residence around 8.30am today.

Police including specialist officers and emergency services workers remain on-scene.

Investigations are continuing.

Controlled detonations carried out on Thursday

The emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) at Burpengary remains in place.

The PSPA was declared yesterday morning as a precaution after police located suspicious chemicals at a Sophia Street residence. The declared area includes Sophia Street between Station and Henderson Roads, and Merewyn and Jill Streets.

Police wish to advise that a controlled detonation is expected to be undertaken at the residence between 11.30am and noon today.

Police including specialist officers remain on-scene and investigations are continuing.

There is no further information available at this time.

UPDATE 7.20 PM

A MAN has been charged after the alleged discovery of explosives and dangerous goods in Burpengary. 

Police allege that around 8.30am chemicals and explosives were found inside the Sophia Street home.

A PSPA was declared at 11.30am as a precaution and remains in place with the declared area being Sophia Street between Station and Henderson Roads, and Merewyn and Jill Streets.

Police, including specialist officers are expected to remain at the scene until tomorrow.

A 19-year-old Elimbah man has been charged with two counts each of carrying dangerous goods in a vehicle and possessing unauthorised and prohibited explosives.

He is expected to appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court on October 15.

UPDATE: 4.49pm

POLICE are still on scene and will work into the night as they investigate the discovery of suspicious chemicals at a Burpengary home.

An emergent situation was declared at 11.30am under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) following an unrelated enquiry at a residence on Sophia Street.

Police were on the scene before 9am for an unrelated enquiry before they discovered the chemicals.

The area included Sophia Street between Station and Henderson Roads, and Merewyn and Jill Streets.

Firefighters, ambulance and police bomb squad were on the scene throughout the day to assist with investigations.

A male and female have been identified to be involved.

A female was observed later in the afternoon to be leaving the street with packed bags.

Inspector John Hallam said there are sufficient chemicals to raise concern. 

"We got the chemicals but we still need to go through the process of identifying the chemicals and also what their intent with the chemicals were," he said.

 "The explosion detection team are collecting the chemicals and they'll make the best decision as to what they should do with the chemicals.

"At this point of time we are going through a very slow process of searching the house."

He said the Sophia Street is still a safe place to travel through.

Concerned neighbours watched on as the investigations took place.

One neighbour found the situation particularly worrying for her children.

"You don't expect to find explosives in your area so close to home," she said.

"There's a school right around the corner and there's a lot of young people around the area.

"It worries you but the thing is young people have availability to so much they think it's smart to buy the ingredients and try them."

EARLIER: POLICE have declared an emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) following an unrelated enquiry at a residence in Burpengary.

The PSPA was declared at 11.30am as a precaution after police located suspicious chemicals at a Sophia Street residence.

Police were on the scene before 9am for an unrelated incident before they discovered the chemicals.

Police media spokesperson said the area includes Sophia Street between Station and Henderson Roads, and Merewyn and Jill Streets.

A police bomb squad including specialist officers are on-scene.

A police media spokesperson said he was unaware if any residents had been evacuated.

No further information available at this time.

Topics:  bomb, burpengary, police, psa


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