After several months without a similar incident, there has been another occasion where an M80 or similar-type explosive was set off.
On 10/7/11 at approximately 9:30 pm, a device was set off near the entrance to Quarry Road. As with past incidents, no property damage occurred, and in this case, the incident took place over 100 feet away from any residential buildings. There does not appear to be any particular target or reason, other than to gratify the person or people involved.
According to Wikipedia
, “M80s are a class of large firecrackers, sometimes called salutes. The Simulator, Artillery, M80, was originally made in the early 20th century by the U.S. Military to simulate explosives or artillery fire. Later, M-80s were manufactured as fireworks". Regardless of their original intent, these devices are considered dangerous and the Police Department considers their use or possession a serious offense.
Earlier in the year the Police Department received several complaints of similar explosions in Brisbane. Most of these incidents were located near the area of Visitation Ave. and Mariposa St. Although no arrests were made in these cases, aggressive patrol and contact with several people of interest resulted in no further incidents.
These devices are very small despite their loud report. They can be easily concealed in a pocket or palm of the hand, and when ignited, do not go off for up to 30 seconds. This gives ample time for the person involved to walk away without notice. That’s why we need your help in our continued efforts to bring these incidents to an end
. Should you be anywhere near the area when one of these events occurs, please take note of the people in the area and pass that information on to a police officer. Click here
for the Police Directory. The officers take pride in knowing the members of our community and those that frequent the city. Any description you may be able to provide could lead to the identification of the person or people involved.
As always, if you have information for the Police Department and wish to remain anonymous, you can contact them via the Web with the online Brisbane Contact Form.