– Police are alarmed by a surge in backyard bombs made of items such as gas canisters.
Arson Squad head Jeff Maher said the incidence of improvised explosive devices was increasing in Victoria and warned those responsible could be killed or seriously injured. “Whether they are trying to cause damage to property or are experimenting, we will have a zero tolerance to this,” Detective Senior Sergeant Maher said.
He said police were also seeing an increase in commercial fireworks on the black market.
He said commercial fireworks were finding their way into back yards through rogue pyro-technicians. “The is a black market. So e disreputable licensed pyro-technicians are trafficking them,” Detective Senior Sergeant Maher said.
Detective Senior Sergeant Maher highlighted two cases where the use of a homemade bomb and illegal fireworks have ended in tragedy.
Father-of-two Carlos Rodriguez was killed after suffering massive head injuries when a “mortar-style” firework went off in his face while celebrating New Year’s Eve at his home in Tarneit in 2011.
Similarly, Matt Lewis revealed to Fairfax Media in December how he and his friends thought making a bomb out of a small barbecue gas bottle seemed like harmless fun.
The idea was to drop the homemade bomb full of explosive chemicals on a pile of dirt, and dash away so they could watch it explode from afar. But as Mr Lewis gave the bomb a quick shake before tossing it on the ground, it detonated sooner than expected, throwing him and one of his friends into the air.
After fighting life-threatening infections and more than a dozen major operations after the incident at Cannons Creek, South of Cranbourne, in August, 2011, both Mr Lewis’s legs were amputated above the knees, while surgeons tried to salvage what remained of his big toes to create fingers on his mangled hands – Jared Lynch


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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