Bomb scare closes CBD

FEARS of a terrorist attack shut down part of Rockhampton's central business district yesterday after two suspicious packages were found in separate buildings.

The scare came just hours after London had faced a second apparent terror attack in a fortnight as bombers targetted three underground trains and a bus. (Reports, Page 7.)

In Rockhampton, more than 300 workers were evacuated from the State Government building in Bolsover Street, across from City Hall, just after 8.30am, after an unmarked package was discovered on the first floor.

The city heart plunged further into chaos as about the same time a suspicious backpack was reported at the Kern Arcade, just hundreds of metres away.

It was there a shop owner dangerously picked up the article and shook it, emptying its contents.

"Had it blown up it would have killed him, the people around him, and all of my officers there,'' said an angry Rockhampton Police District Inspector Graham Coleman, who co-ordinated the response effort.

"It was not only an act of gross stupidity, it constituted an offence and a breach of the Police Powers and responsibilities Act.''

Charges against the shop owner were not expected to be laid. ? Read more in today's Bully.

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