– A mystery bomb blast shattered a sleeping suburban street in Narre Warren, leaving fearful residents looking fort answers.
A Ford Territory was ripped apart by the explosion, believed to have been from a bomb, which sent shrapnel into neighbouring properties and left a significant crater.
Neighbours said it was a miracle no one was hurt in the blast, and many feared a plane had crashed nearby.
The blast shattered windows and sent debris in all directions.
People up to 10 kilometres away reported being woken.
The explosion happened about 11.30pm on Wednesday outside an Elstar Road home.
The vehicle’s distraught owners yesterday would not comment on the bomb attack, but a friend told the Herald Sun they were contemplating leaving the area.
He said the young man and woman were asleep when the Territory exploded on their nature strip, and they were thankful to be alive.
Arson Squad Detective Senior Constable Jim Gogorossis said forensic officers were yet to determine the cause of the explosion, but it was likely a device placed near the Ford Territory was responsible.
Senior Constable Gogorossis said the victims could not explain the attack.
The couple, in their 20s, were known to police, but Senior Constable Gogorossis could not say if they had been targeted.
Friends yesterday helped them clean up debris as residents described their horror.
Rob Marotta said the explosion sounded like a plane had crashed in his backyard, and he was afraid to sleep at his own home.
Neighbour Kim Peters, who lives metres from the explosion, said: “I felt like I was in a war zone. We’ve been up all night. I’ve never seen anything like this before.” Resident Ron Ferguson said the blast shattered his kitchen window and sent debris into his backyard – Angus Thompson