Backyard bomb scares residents



DAVID Graeme Watson's attempt to make a sparkler bomb ended with a big bang and a large fine.

The Rockhampton teen, 17, yesterday pleaded guilty at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to a dangerous act with a weapon after he made and detonated a home-made bomb last month.

Police prosecutor Constable Calvin Gnech said a "large explosion'' had been heard around North Rockhampton about 9pm on January 14.

Constable Gnech said North Rockhampton police had received multiple 000 calls following the blast.

He said investigations led police to Watson's Hutton Street home.

Constable Gnech said Watson had told police he had made a sparkler bomb using instructions from the internet.

He said Watson had used about 100 sparklers in the bomb's making and had placed it on a 44 gallon drum before lighting it.

Constable Gnech said Watson, who has no criminal history, was concerned at the result of the explosion and had said he was glad no one had been hurt.

Watson's defence solicitor Nici Schmitt said the teen had not meant to make a bomb, but was rather trying to make fireworks.

Ms Schmitt said Watson had been "completely surprised'' at the resulting explosion.

She said Watson admitted what he did was stupid.

Acting Magistrate Mark Morrow agreed, stating it appeared to be a "stunt that went a bit wrong.''

He fined Watson $400 and did not record a conviction.



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