WHEN mum and dad are away, the kids will play - with explosives.
Less than 24 hours after police ended a two-day standoff with a gunman near Mt Morgan, the alarm bells rang loudly in a quiet street in the Rockhampton suburb of Frenchville.
With reports of shots fired from a home in Old Rollo Drive at 3pm yesterday afternoon, residents feared for their safety and police raced to the scene to find four youths in the backyard of a home experimenting with a home-made explosive device.
Rockhampton Senior Sergeant Neil Smith said a male was at home while his parents were on holiday and he and three of his friends aged between 17 and 21 constructed a home-made explosive device.
Snr Sgt Smith said charges were being laid on the four offenders and they were lucky not to have caused any injury.
"They could have seriously hurt themselves," Snr Sgt Smith said.
"Don't do it. It is dangerous to muck around with chemicals when you aren't qualified and you don't know what you're doing and it is an offence to manufacture an explosive device."
Old Rollo Drive resident Jenny Donohue, who has lived in the area for 17 years, couldn't believe something so dangerous had taken place just a stones throw from her family.
"We heard a shot go off at about 2.45pm. It did sound like a high powered rifle," Ms Donohue said.
"It's very much a big shock. It is always such a quiet street because there is just the one way in and out and not many people really know it exists up here.
"It seems that it has become a bit nosier over the years. It's a bit of a worry; you don't know where kids can get hold of weaponry like that. It's sleepy little Rocky..."