Ken Stumer had a fire cracker put through his cat’s door.
Ken Stumer had a fire cracker put through his cat’s door.

Explosive pushed through cat flap

WITH the sinister words “First Bomb” printed on the outside and an “explosive substance” inside, a small plastic container was pushed through the cat-flap of a Kawungan home on Saturday night while an elderly couple sat less than six feet away watching Hope Springs on television.

Ken and Joan Stumer were unaware the device was on their kitchen floor until it went off about 7.45pm.

“It sounded like a gunshot. It was very, very loud,” ex-serviceman Ken Stumer, 78, said yesterday. “My wife, she nearly went into a fit.”

Joan Stumer, 80, had only returned home recently from a three-month spell in hospital.

“I was still shaking three or four hours later,” she said. “If I had a bad heart, I’d be gone.”

Hervey Bay police investigated the incident at Davis Drive, off McLiver Street, and took the container away. They returned the following day to examine what Mr Stumer described as “the residue of an explosive substance” on his floor.

Hervey Bay police said the offending item was a cracker.

“I am the neighbourhood watch person here. I believe I have been targeted,” Mr Stumer said.

“Young people in this area are causing problems with some of their neighbours. They play chicken with motorists. People are pulling up and being abused.

“Roads are not playgrounds for kids.

“They (neighbours) tell me these things and it’s my job to relate it to the police.”

Mr Stumer is not treating the incident as a joke and is worried about a repeat incident happening in the neighbourhood

“I wouldn’t like it to happen to other people.”



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