Gail and John Stevens, pictured outside their Goonellabah home, had three home-made bombs thrown at their house.
Gail and John Stevens, pictured outside their Goonellabah home, had three home-made bombs thrown at their house.

Couple shaken by home-made blast

By EMMA O'NEILL emma.oneill@northernstar.com.au "IT would take a bomb to wake you up!" Gail Stevens, of Goonellabah, told her husband on a regular basis and last Friday night it actually happened.

About 11pm, Gail and John Stevens were woken by the sound of an exploding home-made bomb.

The bomb went off only about two metres from a window of the couple's bedroom.

Police confirmed that if the resulting projectile had travelled toward the house instead of 30 metres down the street the window would have shattered.

"I thought someone had thrown a brick through our window, it was so loud," John said.

"We didn't know what it was when we heard it." "I looked around the house after the explosion, and when I couldn't find anything Gail and I went back to bed. "But we didn't sleep very well."

The next day, John noticed a pile of silver foil in his front yard and more foil on his roof.

The foil in the front yard was the aftermath of a bomb that had exploded the previous night on their front lawn.

The foil on the roof led John to the discovery of two more bombs which had not exploded.

"I took the bombs down from the roof and called the police, who made sure they wouldn't go off. The police%officer said he had never had an incident like this in the area," John said.

John, who has seven children living in the house, said the incident was shocking and the last thing he expected to deal with after a tiring week.

"I asked the kids if they had got themselves into any blues with kids in town, or knew anyone who would have done something like this, but they all said no," he said.

Luke Stevens, 20, was also woken by the explosion. When asked if he thought the incident involved kids just mucking around, Luke replied, "This is beyond a practical joke."

While the identity and motives of the bomb-makers remain a mystery, their actions were nearly captured on CCTV.

"I bought CCTV cameras for the front yard about three years ago after a piece of furniture was stolen from our yard," Luke said.

"However, on Friday night I forgot to turn the cameras on I won't forget again."

Mr Stevens said one of the cameras was now filming his neighbour's yard after she expressed concern her house may be next.

Inspector Mick Dempsey said that police would continue to investigate the incident and encouraged anyone with information to call Lismore police.

"Making these types of bombs is stupid and dangerous. If someone makes a bomb they are putting themself and others at risk of serious injury," he said.



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