FOUR people have been arrested and charged with manufacturing military-style weapons after allegedly detonating a homemade bomb in a small town northwest of Sydney.
The drama unfolded in the town of Wellington, 50km southeast of Dubbo, during the early hours of December 1.
Police say emergency services were called to reports of an explosion at a sporting field on the corner of Simpson and Gisborne streets around 12:15am.
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On arrival, officers allegedly found fragments of an improvised explosive device – described as being a crudely put-together pipe bomb – that had been detonated in the park.
Following an extensive investigation, police raided three properties in Gobolion Street, Marsh Street and Gisborne Street in Wellington on Wednesday.
During the searches, officers alleged seized cannabis and items used to manufacturing military-style weapons.
Three men, aged 18, 21 and 23, and a 23-year-old woman were arrested and taken to Wellington Police Station where they were each charged with manufacturing a military-style prohibited weapon.
The 23-year-old man was also charged with two counts of breaching a weapons prohibition order and one count of possessing a prohibited drug.
All three men were refused bail, while the woman was granted conditional release to appear before Wellington Local Court on Tuesday, January 16.
Police say initial inquiries indicate the incident is not terror-related.
Investigations are continuing.
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