A suspicious package, suspected to be a bomb, has been found at outside a Queensland supermarket. Bomb Squad has reportedly arrived at the scene near an IGA and a Spotlight store at a shopping complex in West Ipswich.
The “package” was located outside the market at around 7.40 a.m. by a cleaner following which police declared an emergency situation, news.com.au reported. Police says that the suspicious object is of the size of a soft drink can.
According to latest tweet by Ipswich deputy mayor Paul Tully, the device had been identified as a bomb and Explosive Ordnance Response Team will detonate it on priority basis.
Bomb found at West Ipswich. Police are preparing to detonate it. My view is that people who do these things… https://t.co/kEwFR2QXDK
— Dep Mayor Paul Tully (@PaulTully) June 21, 2016
Device still being assessed by specialist police. No confirmation on the nature of the item. Exclusion zone remains. https://t.co/pT1LRojmBv
— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) June 22, 2016
Police has also asked everyone to avoid that area. “Specialist police are attending the scene to inspect the device, and there is a cordon in place for the centre along the boundaries of Brisbane Street and Keogh Street,” Queensland Police writes on their website.
The boundaries of Brisbane Street and Keogh Street have been cordoned off.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
Update: The suspicious device has been found to be “safe.” Various tweets have confirmed the same.
A police officer has removed the ‘suspicious package’ from the West Ipswich shopping centre.
— Jorge Branco (@JorgeBrancoBNE) June 22, 2016
Good news – suss device found at West Ipswich shopping centre declared safe. People are being allowed back to work.
— hit105 (@hit105Brisbane) June 22, 2016
West Ipswich – police activity bothways Brisbane St at Keogh St – CLEAR
— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 22, 2016
Update 2: According to a tweet by Dep Mayor Paul Tully, the situation has been resolved.
West Ipswich bomb scare resolved by police
— Dep Mayor Paul Tully (@PaulTully) June 22, 2016
The customers are now allowed back inside the supermarket stores. However the police is yet to comment on the nature of the “package.”