Man faces court on explosive charges

By Luke Voogt

A man has faced court after police discovered seven allegedly home-made explosive devices at a Waurn Ponds address on Sunday.

Waurn Ponds man Aaron Church, 31, appeared before Geelong Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning charged with manufacturing explosives, using explosives and conduct endangering life.

Emergency services were initially called after an unknown device was allegedly set alight near a letterbox outside a Monterey Drive address about 2.45am on Sunday.

The item was engulfed in flames but was quickly extinguished by firefighters, a Victoria Police spokesperson said.

“No one was injured during the incident.”

Detectives returned to the scene later in the morning to continue their investigation and located another suspicious device in a nearby tree.

Bomb Response Unit officers attended to examine the device and police cordoned off the immediate area until the explosive specialists deemed it safe.

Police then arrested Mr Church. Detectives located a total of seven home-made explosive devices as part of their investigation into the incident, police alleged.

Geelong Crime Investigation Unit detectives interviewed Mr Church and charged him on Sunday.

Mr Church did not apply for bail when he appeared before Geelong Magistrates’ Court the next day.

A magistrate remanded him in custody to appear again via video link on November 10.

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