Locals' eyewitness accounts of bombings
By RENEE REDMOND firstname.lastname@example.org
AT 6.50 last Friday night, Crystal Andrews and Scott Ramsay of Lismore were enjoying a seafood dinner at an outdoor restaurant in Bali.
Exactly 24 hours later, two bombs ripped through the same Jimbaran Beach restaurant and one next door.
Ten minutes later another bomb was set off at a threestorey noodle and steakhouse in Kuta Square, about 28 kilometres away.
Yesterday Crystal, of Caniaba, and Scott, of Goonellabah, called their families to say they were not hurt.
But the pair said they heard the bombs from their Kuta resort and likened the sounds to doors slamming loudly.
Crystal's mother, Catherine Andrews, wanted her daughter to return home on the next available flight, but she refused.
"She didn't seem too worried and told us she'd see us in a week-and-a-half," Ms Andrews said.
The pair left Brisbane airport on Wednesday for their first holiday in Bali.
Ms Andrews said her sister, Julie Wilks, first heard about the attacks on the radio yesterday morning and called immediately.
"They were not near the area when the bombs went off, but Crystal described them as sounding like doors slamming loudly," Mrs Wilks said.
Scott's parents, Tony and Sheryn Ramsay, said their son had first tried to contact them at 11.30pm on Saturday, but wasn't able to get through until midnight.
"The line kept breaking up, but when he got through he said some bombs had gone off at the restaurant where they had eaten dinner the night before but they were both fine," Mr Ramsay said.
"He told me I'd hear about it on the news in the morning."
Mr Ramsay said his son couldn't talk long because the line was poor.
"I told him to be alert. He's a sensible boy and knows how to look after himself," he said.
Mr Ramsay said when Scott told him of his plans for Bali he was a bit worried, but his concerns were not about terrorist attacks.
"I was more worried someone might plant something in his bag," he said.