$50,000 bill to fix city's explosives house

Property owner Rick Hyde inspects under the house.
Property owner Rick Hyde inspects under the house.

 

RIDDLED YARD: The backyard of Rick Hyde’s property is now pitted with holes since the bomb squad set off the explosives.
RIDDLED YARD: The backyard of Rick Hyde’s property is now pitted with holes since the bomb squad set off the explosives. Sarah Harvey

THE landlord of the West Ipswich home rocked by controlled detonations said it could take months to renovate and cost upwards of $50,000.

Owner Rick Hyde opened up the remains of the rental property yesterday, revealing the full extent of the police team's week-long operation to clear the home of dangerous materials.

The backyard was pitted with holes where the police bomb squad carried out controlled detonations of the explosive material.

The controlled blasts in the house destroyed the kitchen and bathroom, while the initial explosion, which left a 37-year-old man with serious injuries, damaged the dining room.

Mr Hyde said he had contacted his insurance agency and expected his policy would cover the damage.

Police completed a final sweep of the home yesterday morning and returned it to Mr Hyde.

Ipswich police inspector Keith McDonald said police were yet to interview the 37-year-old, now in an induced coma and stable in the PA Hospital.

The man charged in relation to a homemade bomb incident in Leichhardt in May, Glen Charles Dell, 43, did not appear during a hearing in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday. He did not apply for bail and the matter was adjourned to August 16. He will be required to appear via video link.

Mr Hyde watched the explosions on television, but was confident police had cleared the home of the hazardous material.

"Police have assured me they have 110%. It's been the most thorough search in Australia's history for this kind of thing," he said.

It was the first time Mr Hyde had seen inside the home since the explosion.

"It's a fair mess inside.

"It was what I expected inside and outside the house after the walk-through with Insp McDonald. Nothing that wasn't unexpected.

"We've inspected under the house and the floor boards are quite stable and solid. In saying that I will be getting a building expert in to inspect the property to make sure it's safe and sound. If not we will demolish it."

The detonation on a beam under the home destroyed the toilet.

He said the tenancy held by the 37-year-old had been terminated.

The Clay St property where police found explosives.
The Clay St property where police found explosives.


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