5PM UPDATE: An emergency situation declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act at West Ipswich this morning has since been revoked.

The declaration was made at 10.11am and was revoked at 5.01pm after further material was located at the property where an explosion occurred on Thursday.

Specialist police conducted examinations and removed hazardous material at the site today.

A total of 18 controlled explosions have now been carried out at the property since the early hours of Friday.

 

10.30AM: Police have detonated a small piece of explosive material as officers continue to search the Clay St backyard in West Ipswich.

Officers scoured the grass on hands and knees finding a piece of material the size of a 20c coin.

The police bomb squad detonated the suspicious material at 10.30am.

More controlled detonations are expected to take place today and police have declared another emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation.

The declaration was made at 10.11am and includes residents and streets within the boundary from Brisbane Street to the east, Burnett, Darling East, Syntax and Herbert streets to the north, Challinor and Johnstone streets to the west and Tiger Street to the south.

Police are advising residents to remain inside with no evacuations required at this time.

Further advice will be provided when the emergent situation is revoked.

 

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6AM: Police have charged one of the men involved in the horrific explosion at West Ipswich in connection with the Bunnings work site bomb attack.

Glen Charles Dell faced Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday as police continued to search the Clay St home he is believed to have shared with the man who blew his hands off last week.

The police search of the home will enter its sixth day today with more than a kilogram of highly volatile materials found on the premises so far.

Dell appeared in the dock dressed in brown clothing issued to suspects held in custody for a hearing that lasted only minutes.

He did not apply for bail and sat with his arms folded before returning to the Ipswich watchhouse.

The Police Bomb Squad detonated several more explosives yesterday at a house in West Ipswich.
The Police Bomb Squad detonated several more explosives yesterday at a house in West Ipswich. David Nielsen

He was charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to the booby-trapped explosive device placed at the entrance to the Bunnings worksite in West Ipswich in May.

The Bunnings device was triggered when a workman pulled at a wire running across the entrance to the worksite, just 100m from Dell's home.

The device failed to detonate properly and the workman, although shaken, escaped injury.

Dell was also charged with one count each of attempting to destroy property by explosives, unlawful deposition of explosives or noxious substances and manufacturing explosives without authority.

He was also charged with drug offences and is due to reappear on August 16.

His legal representative indicated Dell may apply for bail at his next appearance.

The Police Bomb Squad detonated several more explosives yesterday at a house in West Ipswich.
The Police Bomb Squad detonated several more explosives yesterday at a house in West Ipswich. David Nielsen

Inspector Keith McDonald, of Ipswich police, said the investigation had uncovered alleged links between Dell and the Bunnings incident.

Insp McDonald said samples of the suspicious material had been taken for analysis and police were awaiting the results.

Dell escaped Thursday night's explosion with only a cut to his hand and was discharged from Ipswich Hospital a few hours later.

The 37-year-old man who lost most of his fingers and suffered injuries to his groin, genitals, face and chest remained critically ill in the Princess Alexandria Hospital yesterday.

The Police Bomb Squad detonated several more explosives yesterday at a house in West Ipswich. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
The Police Bomb Squad detonated several more explosives yesterday at a house in West Ipswich. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

Police resumed their search in Clay St yesterday morning with more suspicious material found on beams under the home, in the kitchen and in the backyard.

An emergency situation was declared at 9.30am, with residents advised to stay in their homes.

Police searched the backyard of the home and those of their neighbours, forming an emu line search scouring the ground for traces of the suspect material.

Officers scoured a vacant block at the rear of the property before the first of four controlled detonations began at 1.30pm.

The emergency situation was revoked just after 5pm.

The Bunnings work site was vacant as police continued to detonate suspicious material.


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