Man charged over two emergency incidents in two Brisbane suburbs

A 42-year-old man has been charged after two reported emergency incidents in the northern and southern suburbs of Brisbane led to the bomb squad detonating a suspicious device overnight.

Police set up exclusion zones in Wooloowin and Coorparoo after the man allegedly threatened to kill his housemates, and explosive materials were discovered by someone visiting the house.

The Capalaba man will face Brisbane Magistrates’ Court tomorrow after being charged with a range of offenses including making explosives without a licence, unlawful possession of weapons, assault and various charges drug.

Police were called to the man’s home on Hamley Street in Wooloowin at around 1.30pm where explosive materials were found and an electrically conductive weapon was seized.

An exclusion zone has been put in place with residents asked to stay away from Hamley Street, Adamson Street and Kedron Street, while the Explosives Response Team has been notified and went to the address.

Police used cellphone triangulation technology to locate the 42-year-old man inside a car in Coorparoo at 3.20pm, prompting the declaration of another exclusion zone.

This included Stanley Street East, Tiber Street, Halifax Street, Milsom Street, Adina Street, Norman Avenue, Rome Street and Thackeray Street.

The Special Emergency Response Team intervened and negotiated with the man.

Firefighters stand around a truck.
An emergency was declared in Coorparoo around 3:30 p.m. yesterday. (ABC News: Jason Dasey)

He was taken into custody shortly thereafter, without further incident, and taken to hospital for further evaluation.

A search of the car he was found in reportedly uncovered knives and replica weapons, documents falsely attributed to various government agencies and surveillance equipment.

The bomb squad carried out a controlled detonation of explosive materials at the Wooloowin Residence later that evening before declaring the area safe.

Senior Sergeant Todd Sucic said the large-scale operation was undertaken to keep the community safe.

“We take precautions for reasons,” he said.

“We like, for lack of a better term, to overdo it, so we overprotect to make sure everyone is safe.

“It was a great job by our specialist support officers and all the police officers [who] responded.”

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