Explosive device destroys car in Young | Photos

A car exploded at the intersection of Clarke and Lovell Streets on Tuesday night after an explosive device was detonated according to Cootamundra Local Area Command Police.

Police were inundated with calls from the public reporting the explosion at approximately 10pm on Tuesday night.

Detective Inspector Scott Wilkinson said police are treating the explosion as suspicious.

“The explosion was quite a powerful one and it was heard some kilometres away by most of the township,” he said.

“Upon arrival Police found a motor vehicle that was parked at that location that has been totally destroyed by some sort of explosive device.

“The scene has been secured and the vehicle is undergoing examination from our crime scene people.”

Residents who live a considerable distance from the scene in Briggs Street, Petticoat Lane and Milvale Road reported their houses shook due to the explosion.

Mr Wilkinson said it was clear the car was destroyed due to an “explosive device” being deliberately set off.

“At this stage, there have been no injuries reported to Police and no surrounding property damage it was only the vehicle itself that has been destroyed,” he said.

“We encourage people to contact police or Crime Stoppers, which can be done anonymously if they have any information on this incident and indeed if they see anything suspicious in their neighbourhoods.”

As part of their investigation Cootamundra LAC Police will be door-knocking surrounding businesses and homes during the week and viewing CCTV footage that may be available. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au  or Young Police on 02 6382 8199.