Bomb scare in Byron Shire


A suspected bomb has shut down the town of Mullumbimby. Police and other emergency services surrounded the scene most of the day.

Max Melit reports.

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Police evacuated the centre of the coastal town after the discovery of what appeared to be an improvised explosive device.

The item had been placed near a Commonwealth Bank and the Byron Shire Council.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe, NSW Police: “We don’t have any threats towards any organisation, any building, any individual or anything of that nature.”

A rescue and bomb disposal unit was rushed to the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe, NSW Police: “We’re satisfied with the precautions we’ve put in place to ensure community safety.”

The emergency comes just days after police negotiators were sent to the nearby Lismore campus of Southern Cross University.

The uni was put on lock-down for three hours after an allegedly threatening call.

At this stage, police are not saying there is a link between the Lismore and Mullumbimby incidents.

Max Melit, QUT News.