Close enough to hear a bomb

By MIKARLA THURECHT

IT WAS a part of history Robert Schwarten hoped he would never become involved in.

But, like it or not, terrorism found Rockhampton's Member of Parliament and his wife Judy in London on Thursday.

Mr Schwarten was streets from the blast which ripped the top off a double-decker bus near Tavistock Place.

Speaking with Mr Sch-warten in London yesterday ? about 6am London time ? he told how he'd heard an explosion, but dismissed it as industrial noise.

Mr Schwarten had carried on with his ministerial business at Queensland House in London, where he was supervising refurbishments, unaware of the chaos that was unfolding.

He didn't realise how close he'd come to terrorism until he stepped outside.

"I got to the ground level and some construction workers had said there had been an explosion in the tube. The radio was saying it was an electrical fault.

"Then we heard that people were covered in blood.''

Mr Schwarten said he had been heading to Wembley Stadium when police cars engulfed the city and traffic ground to a halt.

"There were sirens wailing everywhere ...

Continued in today's The Morning Bulletin.



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