Greg Luehmann is in custody following a siege at Allied Pickford in Paget. The man threatened to blow up the business following an alleged money dispute with the company.
Greg Luehmann is in custody following a siege at Allied Pickford in Paget. The man threatened to blow up the business following an alleged money dispute with the company. Peter Holt

Under siege

GREG Luehmann threatened to blow up a Paget business causing fear, economic damage and major disruption to Mackay's industrial hub Wednesday.

Mr Luehmann is a disgruntled former Allied Pickford employee who barricaded himself in the building on Central Park Drive with gas cylinders and fuel for six hours.

The man threatened to blow up the building causing a major evacuation of nearby businesses.

He has claimed he is owed money by the company. A spokesperson for Allied Pickford yesterday said the matter "appeared" to have arisen out of a protracted civil dispute between the two parties.

After six hours of negotiation with police, Mr Luehmann, dressed in orange, lit a fire inside the building before exiting and surrendering to police shortly after 3pm.

"I'm glad no persons were injured; no police or members of the public were injured so that's the main thing," Inspector Andy Graham said.

Mr Luehmann was arrested and taken to Mackay police station for questioning.



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