Bunnings confirm bomb threat at four Queensland stores

Bunnings Airlie Beach.
Bunnings Airlie Beach. Keagan Ryan


A bomb threat was reported regarding Bunnings Warehouses at Rockhampton, Mackay North and Paget Mackay and Airlie Beach this afternoon, Bunnings Director of Operations Michael Schneider said.

Police are currently investigating on site at all four stores, he said. 

"We will continue to follow police advice, with public safety being our number one priority," Mr Schneider said.

"No other stores have been affected.

"Bunnings has no further comment at this time due to ongoing police investigations."

Police are stationed at North Mackay Bunnings after an evacuation
Police are stationed at North Mackay Bunnings after an evacuation Tony Martin

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Meanwhile shoppers from the Paget-based Bunnings store have reported they were told to leave the shop due to a bomb threat.

Ralph Brown, who works at the store but was on a day off, said he was shopping for timber with his wife Glenda.

"We heard sirens, and were told to evacuate," he said.

Mr Brown said he saw a police car speed past then, sharply return to the shop quickly.

As there was an immediate police presence, they both knew to take the evacuation seriously.

"We never thought this would happen in Mackay," he said.  

A police spokesman confirmed officers were at Mackay, Airlie Beach and Rockhampton stores saying the threats were "widespread".

He said it's not clear what officers were looking for yet.

Paget Bunnings evacuated.
Paget Bunnings evacuated. Emily Smith

Three police cars are on the scene at the North Mackay Bunnings store.

At the moment, officers are not allowing any access to the premises, but Bunnings workers have grouped together standing in the car park.

Shoppers have reported they were not given much information on why they had to evacuate the store. 

There's reports more stores have been evacuated.

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