Fine of $750 handed out for skate park soda bomb

A MAN who attempted to set off a soda bomb at a busy skate park in Pialba has been fined in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Alexander Douglas Barwick, 20, took the homemade explosive from Craignish into Pialba on May 7.

He told witnesses at the outdoor skate park on Torquay Rd that he was going to blow it up, before the police arrived and arrested him for public nuisance and having a prohibited explosive.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Barwick's offence was a serious one.

Although no one was hurt by Barwick's bomb, Snr Const Grigoris referred to a recent incident in Ipswich to illustrate how dangerous the incident could have been.

This incident involved a 15-year-old boy who needed surgery after suffering serious injuries to his chest and both hands, after an incident with a homemade soda bomb on May 10.

Snr Const Grigoris said a probation order should be imposed rather than a fine, due to the serious nature of the charges.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell agreed the charges were serious but also noted Barwick had no previous criminal history.

Mr Tatnell fined Barwick $750.

Soda bombs are made with soda siphon bulbs, which are small metal canisters containing roughly 10 cubic centimetres of either carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide.

In Victoria last year, a man was jailed for 34 months for setting off two soda bombs that seriously injured five people at the St Kilda Festival.

A report on Soda Siphon Bulbs Misuse to the New South Wales Parliament showed a boy died in 1999 when a metal fragment from a soda bomb entered the right side of his head.

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