A HOME-MADE bomb was found at a Warrnambool residence last night.
Police blocked off Hopkins Road, Hickford Parade and Florence Street after finding the device in a brick home on Hopkins Road at about 6.30pm, while serving a warrant.
The bomb response unit has been called.
Local resident Wally Steere, who lives at the corner of Hopkins Road and Cyma Street, said when he arrived home from work and saw the police he wasn’t initially concerned.
‘‘There’s often a crash along here so I thought I’d go and have a sticky,” Mr Steere said.
‘‘Florence Street was blocked off at both ends.’’
Mr Steere said he spoke to police and was told they were asking residents to stay indoors ‘‘because there’s been a suspicious package they’re not happy about’’.
He said he was happy to stay in the area with his family and trusted police to make the right call.
Mr Steere’s Cyma Street neighbours were unaware of the police activity metres away from their home.
Local residents and visitors and staff at the Lyndoch Nursing Home were still being turned away from the area at 8.30pm.
‘‘Police attended a Warrnambool address to serve a warrant when they found an improvised explosive device in the garage,’’ a police media spokeswoman said.
‘‘It was a home-made device.
‘‘A man in his 40s is currently assisting police with their inquiries.’’
Police from Macarthur, Warrnambool and Port Fairy were called to the scene.
The warrant was in relation to a burglary on a Hopkins Road milk bar, it is understood.
The Standard also believes a quantity of cigarettes were found during the search last night.