Greg Allen had an explosive device in his letterbox set off during the night.
Greg Allen had an explosive device in his letterbox set off during the night. ROB BARICH

'Moron' mailbox bombers blasted

BUNDABERG Police have hit out at “morons” who set off home-made bombs in a number of Bundaberg letterboxes overnight on Thursday.

Residents of Echidna Court and Cockatoo Crescent, in Gooburrum, were woken as a series of explosions rocked their quiet streets.

Resident Greg Allen did not realise what he was witnessing when he saw a flash of light, about 10.30pm on Tuesday.

“I didn’t realise what it was, but then five or ten minutes later I heard a big bang,” Mr Allen said.

Mr Allen went to investigate, and found his neighbour’s mailbox was a twisted metal wreck — and his own box had nearly suffered the same fate.

“The letterbox across the road was a mess,” Mr Allen said.

“The back panel was blown about 15 to 20 metres.

His own mailbox was in slightly better condition but only due to the stupidity of the vandals.

“They stuck it in the tube where the newspaper goes, so it didn’t do too much damage but it could have been very dangerous because it would have acted like a rifle,” Mr Allen said.

Another resident, Marina Reynolds, said her family was woken by the sound of the bombs exploding.

“When we first heard the explosions, my husband said it was the transformer in the powerpole so I called Ergon,” Mrs Reynolds said.

“I made him call back and apologise when we found out what really happened.”

Bundaberg Police Sergeant Leisa Norton said boxes in Agnes Street, North Bundaberg, were hit the same night — and there have been four other attacks since the new year.

“We ask people to be aware and if they see suspicious activity, to telephone police,” she said.

Inspector Kev Guteridge said the attacks were not only criminal, but also extremely dangerous.

“It’s dangerous not only members of the public but to the morons who engage in this type of conduct. It’s a senseless act that puts members of the community at risk of serious injury,” he said.



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