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.