Horrific moment father, 43, wearing an EXPLOSIVE VEST is killed when it detonates as he drives away from his ex-partner’s home – plunging a quiet Melbourne street into lockdown all day
- Former soldier, 43, was killed after explosive vest he was wearing exploded
- Man, 43, was driving in Melbourne’s south-east when the device detonated
- Vehicle crashed into parked vehicles several hundred metres down the road
- Arson and bomb response units called to scene, blocked off street for 12 hours
- Police investigations continuing but aren’t treating man’s death as suspicious
A former soldier has died after the explosive vest he was wearing after visiting his ex-partner detonated while he drove over a speed bump, sending a Melbourne street into lockdown for more than 12 hours.
Police were called to a quiet cul-de-sac in Hallam in the city’s south-east shortly before midday on Saturday morning following reports of a crash.
Footage shows the dramatic moment the homemade explosive vest exploded and erupted into flames after the man hit the bump while driving along Young Road.
The car continued travelling down the road for several hundred metres before it crashed into a parked vehicle at the corner of Homewood Boulevard.
Bomb Response Unit officers were called to the scene and blocked off the vicinity for 12 hours
Police found the body of a Dandenong father, 43, inside the car.
It’s understood the man had been at the home of his ex-partner shortly before the incident, Seven News reported.
‘I just heard a big loud bang at about 11am and I looked out the window and saw the car had gone through the roundabout and crashed into a sign,’ resident Ben Augel recalled.
‘They had the streets blocked off and police pretty much controlling everything, there was 15 police cars all around the place.’
A shocked neighbour added: ‘The car was just passing and the fire came from the driver’s side suddenly,’
‘It is scary for me because all day me and the children were at home.’
Footage captioned the moment the driver’s homemade explosive vest detonated after hitting a speed bump in Hallam in Melbourne’s south-east on Saturday
Police blocked off the street for 12 hours while officers from the arson and bomb response units spent almost 24 hours examining the scene to ensure the street was safe.
The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
‘The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation by the Arson and Explosives Squad,’ a police spokeswoman said.
‘Bomb Response Unit members attended due to explosive items located inside the vehicle and it took a considerable amount of time for the Bomb Response Unit to render these items safe.’
The drama unfolded within close proximity of an aged care facility.
One local resident who wasn’t home at the time at the crash posted on Facebook he was unable to return to his house until 1am the next morning.
One woman told 3AW residents were ordered to stay inside their homes as remote-controlled robots deactivated the explosive items.
‘The deceased remained in the vehicle whilst the bomb response unit worked painstakingly through the afternoon and night,’ she told the radio station on Monday.
Family and friends of the former soldier have visited the scene to pay their respects.
‘Dad, my soldier 4ever,’ a spray painted message on a brick wall read.
The car crashed into a parked vehicle near the corner of Young Street and Homewood Boulevard (pictured) in Hallam in Melbourne’s south-east