A structure that could be a rocket is visible in the property at Derrinallum. Photo by Darren Apps Click for more photos

Explosion flattens property in Derrinallum

A structure that could be a rocket is visible in the property at Derrinallum. Photo by Darren Apps

  • A structure that could be a rocket is visible in the property at Derrinallum. Photo by Darren Apps
  • The scene of the explosion in Derrinallum. Photo by Damian White
  • Superintendent Don Downes briefs the waiting media outside the exclusion zone.  Photo by Damian White
  • Site of bomb blast near Mt Elephant on the western side of Derrinallum. Photo by Damian White
  • Derrinallum Post office owners Margaret and Larry Howard were woken by blast. Photo by Damian White
  • Derrinallum Geoff Henderson owner of Urquhart Motors woken by blast. Photo by Damian White

Two police officers are in hospital after an attempted arrest ended in a “huge” explosion that flattened buildings on a rural property in Victoria’s west.

Specialist Operations Group officers and local detectives attempted to arrest the man at his home on Hamilton Highway, Derrinallum, about 7pm Friday.

He was wanted in relation to a violent incident that happened earlier in the week.

 

Sergeant Kris Hamilton said the man started acting irrationally and threatened self harm during the attempted arrest.

Police negotiators were called in, who established contact with the man and spoke to him for several hours.
An explosion then occurred at the property about 1.30am.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said one of the officers received head injuries and was airlifted to The Alfred hospital in a critical but stable condition.

The second officer was taken by ambulance to Geelong Hospital to be treated for bruising, cuts and abrasions.

The man’s condition remains unknown, but police suspect he died in the blast.  

A local resident familiar with the situation said the ‘‘huge’’ explosion had destroyed a house, a large workshop and a shed.

The resident told Fairfax Media that Derrinallum locals had been aware of small explosions happening at the property over the past 12 months, and that a situation there had been "coming to a head".

Police, including bomb squad members, are at the scene and believe there may be other explosive devices at the property.

The Hamilton Highway is closed between Camperdown-Lismore Road and Darlington Road.

More from the scene at #Derrinallum where two police members were injured in an explosion last night pic.twitter.com/TbyrscuzNq

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