Brothers admit to causing Melb explosions


On a Sunday evening, Melbourne residents were scared as a series of loud explosions erupted in several suburbs.

Pipe bombs made from shrapnel and sparklers exploded inside mailboxes, wheelie bins, cars, builder’s gates and a washing machine in the back of a ute.

Some witnesses reported hearing massive bangs with residents running outside to find shards of glass on roads, damaged vehicles and fences.

Brothers Jamie Smith, 30, and Raymond Smith, 32, appeared in County Court on Friday, where they admitted causing the eight explosions in Heidelberg, Northcote, Ivanhoe and Kew on July 4 last year .

The two men each pleaded guilty to a number of offences, including the unlawful and malicious use of an improvised explosive device to cause an explosion that could have endangered life or caused serious injury and criminal damage.

The first pipe bomb was planted in the exhaust of a car in Heidelberg West and then detonated at 7.13pm, the court heard.

The blast damaged the car and neighbors reported hearing a massive explosion with shrapnel covering the street.

Another bomb was planted in a builder’s gate in Heidelberg Heights, which exploded and destroyed the toilet.

A bomb exploded after being placed in a wheelie bin on a Northcote street around 8.15pm, putting people on the street at risk of death or serious injury, the court heard.

Other pipe bombs were planted in a gas canister, a letterbox on a fence and a washing machine in the back of a ute, causing broken glass to scatter 80 yards down the road .

The brothers’ latest bomb exploded from the sunroof of a vehicle in Kew at around 9.45pm, significantly damaging the car.

The Smith brothers were arrested nearly two weeks later.

They will be sentenced on December 12.

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