Explosives search at Bowhill

A man was arrested and charged with explosives and firearms offences after police searched his Murray Mallee property yesterday.

On Wednesday 24 July, Murray Mallee Police, with the assistance of STAR Operations, including Bomb Response and Dog Operations, searched three Bowhill properties.

Officers, with the assistance of Police Dog Kingston and his handler, searched houses, sheds, numerous vehicles and scrubland on the properties, totalling approximately 250 acres.

It will be alleged police located and safely destroyed a quantity of explosive material, a number of electric detonators, and detonation cable.

All the items were exploded by Bomb Response technicians on site.

Three firearms, a 12-gauge shot gun, a .22 rifle, and an air rifle, were also located and seized.

The occupant, a 63-year-old man, was arrested and charged with multiple offences, including possess explosives without a permit, possess firearms without a licence and possess unregistered firearm. He was bailed to appear in the Murray Bridge Magistrates Court on 30 September.


In the event that you find any explosives or suspicious items, DO NOT TOUCH or attempt to move the item. Ensure your own personal safety and that of any other persons in the vicinity and immediately report the matter to Police by calling the SAPOL Call Centre 131 444, or in the event of an emergency or immediate life threatening situation call 000.

People wishing to surrender explosives or any other related materials should contact the SAPOL Call Centre on 131 444 or their local police. Under no circumstances are explosives or dangerous items to be taken to a police station. Items should be left in place until police are advised and advice is provided in regard to the safe management of such items.

Police Dog Kingston

Information about illegal explosives or firearms can be reported anonymously to police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

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