Link to a ‘Live Cross’ with Sky News Australia – while covering the ‘Fire Bombing’ of a Territory Insurance Office in Darwin NT, Australia.
The first emergency workers to arrive were confronted with a horrible scene. A dozen badly burnt victims .. clearly in a lot of pain.
(A woman screams) Ahhhh…. it’s hurting even more…
The concrete pavement became a make-shift medical clinic.
(Another woman with burnt arms screams) ‘…. I want to kill him .. ‘
“I want to kill him” – yelled this woman .. as bystanders tried to comfort her .. frozen peas on her shoulders, trying to cool her down.
(A Police Officer orders people back) ‘.. Behind over there behind the shelter ..’
Around 11 o’clock .. witnesses say the fire and explosion occurred – when a man pushed a shopping trolley loaded with three ‘jerry cans’ full of petrol and fireworks through the front door of the TIO Office.
(Water is pouring out of the Territory Insurance Office sprinklers) ‘ .. Shhhhhhhhhh … ‘
The man .. lit the firecrackers and then ran.
(Tim Ryan – Witness) “It was like a number of fireworks going off, maybe like ten twenty like – bang bang bang.”
Six TIO staff and several customers were inside when the home made bomb went off.
Near-by Woolworths employees and shoppers raced to rescue those trapped.
(Steve Cordona – Witness) “.. hectic, hectic, people didn’t know what was going on just waiting for people to walk out the door ..”
Fire fighter’s using breathing apparatus searched the burning office – after reports, someone was still inside.
(Bradley Fong – NT Fire Service) “The jerry cans were still burning as we were entering the building.”
(Phil Rout – NT Fire Service) “Very limited visibility .. um probably only a foot in front of your face.”
St John Ambulance Officers transported 14 people to Royal Darwin Hospital.
Most suffering burns and severe injures to their lungs from inhaling the toxic smoke.
(Dr Len Notaras – Royal Darwin Hospital) “We have 4 people in the high dependency ward suffering burns, the worst to 15% of her body – another half dozen are being treated for smoke inhalation.”
As a precaution ..
(Sound of bomb detection robot driving along) ‘Vhhhhhh…..”
.. the Territory’s Response Section bomb detection unit inspected the area – and gave the all clear.
(Justin O’Brien – piece to camera) “Immediately after the explosion – a local man turned himself into Police at the near-by Darwin Station. He was uninjured – Investigator’s describe him as a disgruntled customer.”
(Commander Colleen Gwynne – NT Police) “This is not a terrorist incident – it was definitely a dissatisfied claimant. We have that person in custody at the moment.”
The Territory Insurance Office is reviewing it’s security procedures .. at the three other Darwin Offices.
(Richard Harding – CEO, Territory Insurance Office) “The key message I want to leave with people is this appears to be an isolated incident. It doesn’t appear to be any ongoing threat as the suspect is in custody.”
Late this afternoon .. forensic investigators removed the shopping trolleys used in the fire bombing.
Police are yet to question a 45 year old man in relation to the fire bombing.