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Bombs detonated in two Canberra nightclubs

By quietriot1989 13 February 2011 13

Two allegedly home-made bombs were detonated in two of Canberra’s premier night spots early this morning.

An explosion was heard in the “Meche” Nightclub at around 2am on Sunday morning, the blast resounded from the mens bathroom as smoke filled the club. According to one of staff of Meche, battery casings and a fuse were found in the blast ruins.

The potentially fatal bomb had the capacity to significantly damage the bathroom, blowing holes in the roof and toilet dividers. Two male patrons were seen to have been injured in the blast. The club was soon evacuated and closed for the evening.

At around 4am on Sunday morning, a similar explosion was heard in the “ICBM” nightclub male bathrooms as further patrons were injured. Staff quickly took control of the situation and ensured that the club was also evacuated.

Police have closed both areas as crime scenes and have several suspects after speaking to staff and patrons in the near area. There is mere speculation about whether the blast was intended to be harming to other patrons.

ICBM and Meche are owned and managed by the same business who also own “North Bar”. The potentially deadly attack comes after a successful finish to the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra’s civic area.

ED – There’s a police media release out on this:

There have been two explosions in the CBD overnight at two city nightclubs requiring patrons having to evacuate (Sunday February 13).

About 1.30am patrons from Meche Nightclub on Northbourne Avenue were forced to evacuate when it appears illegal commercial fireworks were lit inside the male toilets, causing minor damage and smoke to fill within the nightclub.

A second explosion occurred at a nearby nightclub, ICBM, on Northbourne Avenue, about 3.40am. This second explosion also occurred in the male toilets and is believed to have involved illegal commercial fireworks.

Two persons, one from each incident, have been conveyed to hospital by the ACT Ambulance Service with minor injuries.

ACT Policing Criminal Investigations are investigating both incidents.

Anyone who may be able to assist police with the investigation are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

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Mothy 9:43 am 14 Feb 11

So tossing Fireworks around at social events is becoming a thing now?

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/four-hurt-in-st-kilda-festival-explosions-20110214-1asbc.html

Tetranitrate 8:29 am 14 Feb 11

Davo111 said :

hmmm i wouldnt call ICBM one of canberra’s “premier” nightspots.

Am i suprised this happened? not really. I’d say its a disturbed patron “getting one back” at the bouncers, who run that place like the Gestapo

Yeah it isn’t really surprising. My clubbing days are long over, but I do remember a the place being an over-policed dump. I guess someone was even more offended by the conduct of the bouncers than I was by the smell of the joint.

Reprobate 9:43 pm 13 Feb 11

Ambitious dweebs: don’t even THINK about placing an ICBM in ICBM.

Davo111 9:00 pm 13 Feb 11

LSWCHP said :

I can think of more civilised ways of expressing discontent with security procedures.

…. i did say “disturbed patron”. *rolls eyes*

Gungahlin Al 8:26 pm 13 Feb 11

Canberra has “premier night spots”??

LSWCHP 7:28 pm 13 Feb 11

Davo111 said :

hmmm i wouldnt call ICBM one of canberra’s “premier” nightspots.

Am i suprised this happened? not really. I’d say its a disturbed patron “getting one back” at the bouncers, who run that place like the Gestapo

I can think of more civilised ways of expressing discontent with security procedures. Not patronising the joint seems like a better option than blowing up the heads.

justsomeaussie 6:48 pm 13 Feb 11

Two thermonuclear devices where detonated in Canberra’s central nightclub district. Oh hang on I think you meant fireworks in toilets.

Davo111 5:33 pm 13 Feb 11

hmmm i wouldnt call ICBM one of canberra’s “premier” nightspots.

Am i suprised this happened? not really. I’d say its a disturbed patron “getting one back” at the bouncers, who run that place like the Gestapo

JustThinking 4:27 pm 13 Feb 11

quietriot1989 said :

JustThinking said :

hhehehhehehe just funny really
The a$$thumps that did that are nothing more than dweebs wanting some attention

Pretty poor way of getting attention, some of the staff are quite elderly and were in the bathroom at the time in Meche. Would have been quite an experience!

and my issue is???

Maybe pretty poor way of getting attention…You think the P platers doing excess of 100km p/h would have had a less effect if thery hit someone?????????

Do you think the P platers cared if they hit elderly ppl?

You know of a good way dweebs can ge attention?

quietriot1989 4:04 pm 13 Feb 11

JustThinking said :

hhehehhehehe just funny really
The a$$thumps that did that are nothing more than dweebs wanting some attention

Pretty poor way of getting attention, some of the staff are quite elderly and were in the bathroom at the time in Meche. Would have been quite an experience!

JustThinking 3:33 pm 13 Feb 11

hhehehhehehe just funny really
The a$$thumps that did that are nothing more than dweebs wanting some attention

quietriot1989 3:31 pm 13 Feb 11

Well I wasn’t able to see first hand into the bathrooms and were only told by staff that they had found battery casings and a fuse. There was no references made at all at any point in the evening to fireworks.

Also, the damage caused to the patrons and the bathrooms was more indicative of something a little more powerful then a little firecracker.

Chaz 3:14 pm 13 Feb 11

So these “homemade bombs” are in fact fireworks. Way to beat up a story…

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