A manhunt is under way after explosions rocked a street in
Sydney's inner-west, forcing the evacuation of local
residents and bringing peak-hour traffic and the light rail
system to a halt.
Emergency services raced to Wentworth Park Road in Glebe just
after 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday after reports of an explosion
and fire at a public housing apartment block.
Firefighters got the blaze under control and found items of
concern that are believed to be linked to the blast.
Police were examining whether the apartment, next to
Wentworth Park, was being used as a drugs laboratory or a
possible home-made bomb factory.
Bomb squad officers removed gas bottles from the apartment,
but it remains unclear precisely what caused the explosions.
Witnesses also described seeing a man fleeing the building
seconds before the blasts.
Police are now searching for the 32-year-old male resident of
Inspector Gary Coffey urged the suspect to hand himself in.
"As a result of this incident many people have been
inconvenienced and I particularly thank the other residents
and neighbours for their patience and cooperation," he added.
"We are currently following several lines of inquiry to
locate the resident of the unit."
Dozens of residents were evacuated from nearby homes but were
allowed back in about an hour after the blasts.
Roads around the apartment block were closed and the light
rail system, which crosses Wentworth Park, was shut down for
a brief period.