Traffic flows again at Derrinallum

The Hamilton Highway has reopened past the Derrinallum property which was the scene of a bomb explosion last month.

The Hamilton Highway has reopened past the Derrinallum property which was the scene of a bomb explosion last month.

DERRINALLUM is back to normal business after the Hamilton Highway reopened on Friday night.

Traffic began flowing through the town late in the afternoon and through the weekend after police removed roadblocks.

They were set up to secure a one-kilometre exclusion zone around a farmhouse where a series of massive explosions occurred in the early hours of Saturday, April 12.

They were triggered by owner Glenn Sanders after a seven-hour stand-off, killing himself and injuring two police officers, one who still remains in a Melbourne hospital.

Bomb experts were called in and took three weeks to clear the site.

A 60km/h speed restriction is now in place along the front of the farm, about two kilometres west of the town.

Officers are still working on site.

Heavy machinery, including an excavator, was brought in to demolish what remained of the farm sheds and clear the rubble and twisted metal. 

Vehicles that were badly damaged in the blasts, including tractors, cars and motorcycles, are among the objects that have been pushed into piles of scrap metal. They include the 1970s Chrysler by Chrysler that Sanders restored and was often seen driving around the district.

Sanders’ iconic home-built rocket, painted with a nuclear symbol, and his rocket-shaped mailbox have also been removed.

Police urged motorists not to stop along the highway for “sightseeing” purposes, and most took the opportunity to simply view the notorious scene as they drove past.

Some took advantage of yesterday’s regular weekly opening of Mount Elephant to gain an elevated view of the site from the opposite side of the highway.

Police will hold another public meeting tomorrow night to update the community. It will be held in the Derrinallum public hall at 7.30pm.

They are also urging people who have any knowledge of any items that were concealed on the property to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

malexander@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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