The bomb squad was called to the site of the old Bremer State High School on Grange Rd where a suspicious device was found and inspected.
The bomb squad was called to the site of the old Bremer State High School on Grange Rd where a suspicious device was found and inspected. Rob Williams

Bomb drama stalks Ipswich

IPSWICH was gripped by another bomb drama yesterday after a suspicious package was discovered at the old Bremer High School site.

It is the third time this month the bomb squad has been deployed to inspect suspect packages in Ipswich.

Police said the package was similar in appearance to the device found at the Bunnings construction site in West Ipswich earlier this month.

It was discovered as police searched the old sports fields after chasing a man suspected of breaking into a Flinders View home the previous night.

The unfolding events at Silkstone followed a morning of bomb-related speculation on social media.

Reports of explosions were reported from suburbs all over the city by readers on The QT's Facebook page, but were not reported to police.

The bomb squad were called to the site of the old Bremer State High School on Grange road where a suspicious device was located and inspected. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
The bomb squad were called to the site of the old Bremer State High School on Grange road where a suspicious device was located and inspected. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

The bomb squad arrived at the abandoned high school grounds just after 2pm and inspected the cylindrical package wrapped in tape.

The package was X-rayed and found not to be explosive.

Unlike the previous two bombs, the device did not contain any powder.

Ipswich Police Inspector Merv Adamson said the device was similar to previous devices police had encountered in the past month.

Leichhardt teenager Michael Boggan was left with horrific hand injuries after an explosion in a backyard.

Insp Adamson said the device was taken for analysis.

"We are going to have it examined for fingerprints because it looks like it's similar to what we had in West Ipswich and Leichhardt," he said.

Police examine a suspicious package shortly after the arrest of a man at the old Bremer High School at Blackstone. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times
Police examine a suspicious package shortly after the arrest of a man at the old Bremer High School at Blackstone. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times Sarah Harvey

The drama began when police spotted a car believed to have been stolen from a Flinders View home which was broken into the previous night on Blackstone Rd.

Police also saw the suspect, and chased the man across the sports field for 200m.

He dumped a brown canvas backpack during the pursuit before he was tackled to the ground and arrested by police.

During a search of the lower field off Grange Rd, police found the package.

The bag dropped by the man contained syringes.

Lucinda Mudd and her staff at Hair Crazy on Grange Rd saw the drama unfold.

"We saw him run past and he had a dark bag. He ran through the school grounds and was tackled by the police. They just came from everywhere," she said.


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